The Art Of Making The Broken Beautiful Again

When I was a little girl, I would help my mom with the dishes. She washed and I dried. One time as she handed me a bowl to dry the wet porcelain slipped through my fingers, crashing to the floor.

Broken

As it hit the floor it shattered, and I began to cry. My Mom wasn’t mad. In fact, she comforted me, letting me know that it wasn’t a big deal but I just hate it when things break.

Mourning What Is Broken

Fast forward to two years ago. As I walked toward a table in my library I lost my balance. Falling forward I reached out to steady myself on the table.

My hand hit a small bowl that was on the table and the bowl went sailing into the air. Although it landed on the carpet it shattered into several pieces.

I may no longer be a little girl but I still cried. It had been a birthday gift from a friend several years prior and I treasured it.

Why am I such a crybaby when it comes to breaking things? Why do I hate it so much?

Because, well, they’re broken. Ruined. No longer perfect.

What On Earth Is Kintsugi

At least that is what I thought until I learned about the Japanese art of Kintsugi.

Kintsugi has been around since the 15th century but I only learned about it this past July while reading the book, The Story of With.

Kintsugi takes a very different approach to broken vessels. Instead of trashing them as broken, flawed, and useless the artists discovered a way to make the broken beautiful again.

My first thought when I read about this art form was, “Won’t that just highlight the brokenness?”

I mean after all, instead of hiding the imperfections the artists illuminate them by filling the cracks with gold.

They view the repaired item as more valuable than it was before because now it is a one-of-a-kind original with its shimmering lines of gold.

It isn’t just usable again; it is stronger. What a lesson.

How Our Scars Make Us Stronger

Kintsugi makes what is broken beautiful again but long before these Japanese artists discovered this art form Jesus was was fulfilling his mission by healing our shattered hearts and setting us free.

The Spirit of the Lord, the Eternal is on me. The Lord has appointed me for a special purpose. He has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to repair broken hearts, And to declare to those who are held captive and bound in prison, ‘Be free from your imprisonment!'” – Isaiah 61:1

He puts the fragments of our shattered hearts back together again with His healing light. And when He heals us were are infused with his healing power.

The truth is we don’t get through this life without being wounded. We all have scars but most are unseen.

Scars from the betrayal of someone we trusted or conditional love based on our performance. You get the idea and I’m sure you can name many other wounds.

These scars may be invisible but the wounds cut deep. But I believe that the same principle that holds true for Kintsugi holds true for our brokenness.

Scars are an integral part of our stories. We don’t like them. The pain is real.

But the good news is we serve an awesome Creator who makes all things new (Rev. 21:5). If we surrender our brokenness to Him He will not only heal the wounds He will use them to make us stronger.

That means we don’t need to be afraid of our most painful brokenness because it is where our most meaningful purpose will be found.

So don’t be afraid to dive in and trust Jesus at levels you have never trusted Him before. Because when you do not only will He mend your broken places, your scars will shimmer with new strength. His strength, empowering you to share your story with others in a way that encourages and blesses them.

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4 thoughts on “The Art Of Making The Broken Beautiful Again

  1. The picture of taking something that has been broken and making it new again is such a powerful image. I love the fact that we can apply that concept to so many things, even our own unique stories. Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. awesome piece and so true loved reading and even before you spoke of Jesus being able to mend our scars I made the comparrison in my mind lol and of course you have me thinking what scars I have that insted of showing because it points out my uniqueness I’m hiding…. thanks for sharing!