Among my mother’s keepsakes, I found a yellowed and torn article that blessed me abundantly. Unfortunately, although the author is unknown, the message is still powerful.
My daughter’s life reminds me of a beautiful vase that has been dropped and broken. When a broken vase is put back together properly, the cracks still show – like the scars in her life.
At first a fractured vase must be handled carefully until it has mended properly. After it has mended, the cracks of the fracture become less and less visible. With the aging of the vase, new lines appear and the fracture lines blend with the new lines – enhancing its beauty.
To new people our daughter meets, the fractures in her life are not seen. They can’t believe they were ever there. To the prayer partners the lines of God’s grace and love in her life have created new lines that have built faith and hope in their lives.
Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.
I think the Japanese are onto something here! My broken cups and vases are quickly discarded; I see them as no longer perfect.
Do you find yourself striving for perfection? Are you ashamed to let others see your scars? We all are broken by circumstances in our lives. The Lord knows this and His grace and His love has made a way for us to find perfection in Him.
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9a)
But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. (1 John 2:5)
Thank you Lord for bringing restoration to the broken places in my life. You will perfect all that concerns me as I place my trust in you.
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