The Japanese art of wabi-sabi, or finding beauty in broken things has so much to teach us. Craftsmen take a damaged piece, and instead of throwing it away, practice kintsugi, which is a method of restoring it with lacquer that is mixed with gold, silver, or platinum. The once-broken piece, with its gold-filled cracks, is more precious and beautiful than it was originally.
We are all needy and broken, and sometimes it is so hard to be vulnerable and open about the areas that need care. Jesus was broken for us so that He could heal our wounds. He wants to touch our broken places, and when He has healed them, His sanctification will leave His Beauty in us.
“In a large house, there are utensils not only of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for special use, some for ordinary. All who cleanse themselves of the things I have mentioned will become special utensils, dedicated and useful for the owner of the house, ready for good work..” — 2 Timothy 2, 20-21
Photo Credit: Kintsugi Bowl – Ruthann Hurwitz