Sunday’s message was about the love of God through the brokenness we experience. We have been conditioned to see our brokenness as a sign of imperfection and weakness, unable to be loved let alone used by God. However, the bible teaches us that it is through our brokenness that we draw nearer to the beauty that God sees in us.
John 1:7 teaches that it is by the testimony of others that we are saved. Our brokenness builds our testimony. The beauty of that brokenness is found in how we see the moments of life that build our testimony. Just like the bowls of kintsugi the cracks aren’t sand papered away or painted over. The craftsmen instead illuminate the cracks and cranny of the broken bowl with gold, silver, and platinum to provide new perspective and beauty. If humans can adorn cracks from a bowl with expensive metals what more will the Father in Heaven do to beautify the brokenness in us?
In Tokyo there are many art studios that offer the Kintsugi experience where people can pay to imitate the art making technique. I decided to draw my own bowl with broken lines. On one side of the line I wrote what I saw as broken and then on the other side I wrote the beauty in that brokenness. After which I prayed that God would continue to remind me that my brokenness is beautiful
Take some time to draw your own bowl. Draw lines that represent brokenness and ask God to reveal to you the beauty in what He sees so that you might see through His eyes.
Is 61:2-3 He as sent me to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and comfort all who mourn, the day of vengeance of our God, to and provide for those who grieve in Zion-- to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.