Have you ever heard of kintsugi?
Also known as kintsukuroi, kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with gold, silver, or platinum, thus making the broken piece of art worth more than it was before.
The idea of taking a broken piece of art and loving the cracks as history scars.
Beautiful etchings golden gilded to celebrate the journey from whence it came. Reminders of the memories, the pain solidified and transformed into irreplaceable beauty.
The unique cracks, the unmatchable scars, to only be found in that individual piece of pottery. Thus making the gilded design absolutely on of a kind, irreplaceable, unique in it’s beauty.
When the art originated in the 15th century, collectors became so enamored with the beauty of the golden breaks, that they began deliberately smashing pieces of valuable pottery.
I have yet to find an art that paints a more beautiful picture of the believer’s life than this.
Already a beautiful, infinitely valuable heart by the grace and blood of Jesus, God allows life to break us.
Because He is the master Artist that first created kintsugi, He restores the cracks in our hearts with His beauty. With His gold, more valuable than we could ever imagine, He fills the crevices where life has left us empty.
Where friends have betrayed.
Where tragedy has struck.
Where sickness has overtaken.
Where depression had loomed.
Where emptiness aches.
Where failure cuts.
Wherever your heart is broken, He heals.
Filling the cracks in the scars with Himself, the more broken your heart becomes, the more of His heart you bear.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.
And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
~2 Corinthians 12:9-10
“He must increase, but I must decrease.”