I have been pondering the 500-year-old Japanese art called “Kintsugi,” or “Golden Repair,” which is used after a piece of pottery is broken into pieces. Instead of throwing it away (as is common in the Western world), the Japanese use a lacquer mixture of gold, silver, and platinum to mend the broken shards back together. The end result is breathtaking – not only because the pieces are being fused together by precious metals, but also because of how it can make someone who is looking at it feel.
The process creates a beautiful story that you take away in your heart, where you see that the mended piece is now more beautiful and more valuable than it ever was in its original state.
I was thinking about this particular process as the Hubs and I had the honor of sharing our life story with our church family yesterday.
You see, my past is filled with much pain and trauma; wounds, disappointments and bad choices. But what I marvel at and love to share about is the thorough restoration process that God has done in me. When I surrendered my past to him, he graciously took every broken piece and mended them back together with the most precious thing He had available: His Love.
And because of that perfect restorative process, I am able to freely share what He has done and is able to do for others that are looking for hope and healing.
I love the verses where God says He is able to make ALL things work together for good, and He makes all things new. It’s like He can take the garbage can of our lives, empty out the contents, sift through them and say, “Yeah, I can work with that.” Nothing surprises Him and He leaves nothing to waste; He uses it all for our good if we allow Him.
Because of God’s perfect love and willingness to wipe away tears and heal the deepest sorrows and pains, we have the opportunity to see the gold veins of God’s love where he has woven us back together better than ever before, filled with much value, hope, and His love.