I recently learned of a Japanese art form called Kintsugi and was completely enamored. With Kintsugi, meaning “golden repair”, the artist repairs broken pieces of pottery using a mixture of resin and powdered gold. So instead of throwing the broken item away, they embrace and even highlight the cracks. Every piece is unique and special because of the many different ways the pottery shatters before being put back together again. The end result is something even more beautiful than before.
What a perfect and true illustration of God’s infinite love and grace. We are imperfect. Sometimes even broken. Really hard things happen in our lives. Sickness, betrayal, loss. We get hurt and we hurt others. We worry instead of trusting. We place our self worth in our accomplishments or the opinion of others. We punish ourselves because we can’t live up to the impossible standards we place upon ourselves to be the perfect wife, the perfect mom, the perfect daughter, the perfect employee, the perfect….
We are all broken in some way. Some of us may just have a chip here or a crack there, while others feel as though their life has been shattered into a million pieces beyond repair. But no matter the brokenness, it’s never too much for our loving Father. For He says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
He picks up the broken shards and mends us back together again with golden flecks of grace, leaving us even more beautiful than we were before. Each one of us unique and special in His eyes. Each one of us with a story to tell and a truth to share, exhibiting our beautifully mended golden streaks for the world to see. We may be broken, weak, imperfect- But it’s in our weakness that we are truly able to Behold the Beauty of the Lord and experience the magnitude of His power in our lives.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10