Did you know that back in the day when you broke a ceramic bowl in Japan (and still now in fact), you can get it repaired with gold?
Yup, I did say gold. There's a form of ceramic repairing called Kintsugi. The more I read about this process, the more I recognise the fingerprints of God all over it.
Kintsugi uses gold to highlight the cracks created upon breaking. The reason being is because brokenness is seen as an event in its life and not a reason to end its service. The process is not only used to stick broken pieces together, but in the event where pieces are missing, the gold lacquer is used to fill-in what was missing.
It's a great image of what healing Jesus brings to our lives.
In moments of our weakness and brokenness, He brings healing and an in-pouring of his gold found in his love, restoration and transformation. It's our scars which testify of God's goodness and strength.
When Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was resurrected he proudly wore his scars on his hands and feet.
His scars spoke of what he overcame.
He overcame the grave in sin and death to bring us freedom and life of abundance. Similarly, the gold used to fix broken vessels highlights our scars for all to see, reflecting what we've overcome and the completeness that we find in Christ.
God is the gold, the golden beauty found in our brokenness, making us beautiful.
At whatever stage you find yourself in your Kintsugi process, know that God sees, he sees your beauty and strength even if you don't recognise it yourself. He is working to make you whole and worthy of his love.