Kintsugi is an art-form in Japan that restores cracked vessels or broken ceramics with gold, leaving the piece even more beautiful than it started out.
The word Kintsugi is Japanese for ‘golden joinery’. The idea behind it is not to hide the ugliness and brokenness but instead to use gold to make it shine; to illuminate and expose the damage. And at the end of the process the piece is even more beautiful having been broken.
How amazing that God’s work is like this but goes so much deeper! When we are damaged and Christ restores us, we are even more beautiful because we reflect His glory and goodness. It shows just what a wonderful Great Physician He really is to take something so ruined and mend it. It brings glory to Him!
He allows cracked vessels to be seen – often to our dismay – then fixes us, to show His power of restoration and redemption.
“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” ~ Psalm 34: 18
Living A Kintsugi Life
One can consider how we might live a kintsugi life, finding value in the missing pieces, cracks, and chips – bringing to light the scars that have come from life experiences, finding new purpose through aging and loss, seeing the beauty of ‘imperfection’ and loving each other even with flaws.
That is my prayer for anyone who has been broken. Instead of focusing on the cracks, the hurts and pains as a thing of shame and ugliness, why not use them as an opportunity to shine? Let God in His perfect artistry take the piece in His hands and repair it to the thing of beauty that He intended.
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” ~ 2 Corinthians 4: 7
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