Have you ever had a fragile, cherished item slip from your hand and break into a million pieces? You have likely had your own heart break in a similar way after some deep disappointment, loss, or betrayal. How can you repair something that’s now scattered in a million pieces?
The world tries super glue, the devil suggests the trash, but God alone has a way of fixing things so something greater happens.
God’s healing power is mirrored in the beautiful art form called ‘kintsugi,” where broken vessels are repaired with gold in a way that goes beyond repair and a more beautiful piece if formed. The word “kintsugi” actually means “golden Joinery” and is a perfect picture of what the Spirit of God does when He touches the very area in which the devil seeks to break us. Kintsugiiis an ancient Japanese art of repair, the artist doesn’t try to hide the history. But the history is highlighted with veins of gold, or sometimes silver and adding a new dimension to the vessels value and beauty.
This concept is ex-emplified in the human body as well. When a bone is broken it comes out stronger in the place where the original break was.
Let’s look at Jeremiah 18 where in the midst of Jeremiah’s frustration with his nation, God reminded the prophet that He alone is the Master Potter and has power to create and recreate when a vessel is marred.
Charles Spurgeon, a celebrated 19th century preacher once said this impromptu prayer:
“Lord, you have done more with us that you did with Thomas, for he was told to place his finger into the open would in your hands and side, but You, O Lord God, have done something greater with us, for You placed Your finger into our open wounds and healed them.”Charles Spurgeon
Indeed, God puts His fingers into the wounds in our life and seals them with gold.
In the final hours of Jesus’s life, He warned Peter that the enemy sought to sift the young apostle and rob him of his calling. Why did Jesus pray for Peter to come through the ordeal successfully? Why not pray that Peter be able to side-step the sifting in the first place?
In some ways, the warfare intended to be used by the end to break us actually make us stronger and of greater value.
Joseph was made stronger by the ordeal of betrayal, David was fashioned into a commander in the cave of Adulum. The frail Obi Wan engaged in a lightsaber duel with Faith Vader in order to buy time for the next generation to escape. Obi Wan said “Strike me down, as he warned Vader and I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.”
Given a choice between sparing your temporary discomfort or letting you have a moments light affliction in exchange for an eternal increase in reward, which would you choose? Is it better to deliver you from the process or deliver you through the process?
Many times we are deliver fro. The fire, but when we walk through the fire, God declares “I will be with you!” You will come out a winner on the other side, and like Peter, Joseph, and David, the new vessel will be able to contain, and reveal a whole new level of glory. God is the ultimate “kintsugi artist.
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience by which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I lived through this horrible. I can take the next thing that comes alone. And God will be with you through it all.