Hey y’all, so the other day I was on Instagram, just minding my own business when this account that I follow posted something about an ancient tradition that Japanese people so-called “kintsugi”, which translates “golden repair”. This is when pottery would break, and they would fix it with gold. The idea of it is to show that something can be beautiful and worth value even when it’s broken. So you know, I saw that and thought it was cool and kept on with my day. But the Holy Spirit just kept bugging me about it, and for some reason, I just could not get it out of my mind. So I asked God–I asked Him why this kept bugging me and what He wanted me to do about it, and He said, “Leigh that’s what I do to you! That’s what I do…I make beauty in the broken.” So I heard him say that and I immediately dove into Scripture to see what it meant. I ended up reading a few passages in 1 Peter about the crucification and resurrection in John and the woman at the well. God just kept telling me that this is what He does–make beauty from the broken. I continued to read through my Bible, just randomly finding verses when I stumbled up Isaiah 64:8 which says “Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter; we are all a work of your hand.” and I was just mindblown, to be honest, and let me tell you why.
When pottery broke in ancient Japan they didn’t just throw it away. They would never throw it away because pottery was something of value. It was worth something to them. The pottery had been made with a purpose, and they were going to restore it so it could continue to serve that purpose. But they didn’t want to use a discreet color paint to fix the pottery. They wanted everyone to know that this pot or jar was broken…it was broken, but they fixed it, and they made it beautiful, and it was now worth value– more value–because it was fixed with gold. The repaired pottery has beautiful veins of shiny gold running through it. That is what God does to us! We are the pottery, we are something of value, we are beautiful, and we have been made with a purpose, but we broke. When Adam and Eve chose to eat the forbidden fruit and heaven and earth were separated, we were broken. But when we broke, God didn’t just give up on us. No! He isn’t just going to walk away from something that He created, that He made with a purpose, that is of value to Him. He is going to fix it. And so He sent His own Son to come and die for us so that we could be repaired. Oh, how great is our God?! He chooses to love us despite our brokenness because He doesn’t see that we have been broken, all He sees is the beauty in what has been restored.
But y’all, it gets better! Because the pottery had been fixed with real gold, not fools gold, or gold paint, or anything like that, but real genuine gold, it could not be broken again. It can be cracked, but it can never go back to being truly broken. Y’all, that’s what God does to us. Once we turn to God and ask Him to repair our brokenness, we can never be broken again!! We may be cracked and man that can feel like we are broken but we can NEVER go back to that truly broken state that we were in before giving Him our brokenness. Because God’s love is unbreakable, genuine and real, it cannot be destroyed even by the strongest power because there is no power stronger than God!!
Y’all I hope y’all’s minds are as blown as mine was when God was revealing all of this to me, but it gets even better, and I have a challenge for y’all. So the potter, as you know, chooses not to hide the cracks of the pot after it has been broken, but to leave them visible. This shows that it had been broken and that it had then been restored, made more valuable, and that it was again serving its purpose. That is what God wants us to do! Now here’s where you have a choice. After God heals and restores you, He wants you to show it. He doesn’t want you to just continue living, pretending that you weren’t broken and that you weren’t repaired. Show it! Live it! Live changed! You have a choice to make. You can go back to how you were, or you can live like you have been changed. I’m begging you to please choose to live restored! Don’t hide it, don’t hide your cracks, show them and use them as a way to glorify the one who has repaired you! Oh, how awesome is our God!!
Okay y’all, so in conclusion to all of this…God rocks my socks off, and I am just shaken to the core by His goodness. So remember, my sweet friends, that you have been restored, you have been fixed, and you are worth even more now because of it. And I pray that you will show it!! I pray that you will have the courage to show the world that you have been restored! And if you are feeling broken or you haven’t been repaired yet, please please do not be afraid to talk to someone. I am here to talk, any pastor or youth group or Young Life leader is there to talk, your parents are there to talk. Please please reach out, because I promise, once you have been restored, you will have no idea how you survived being broken! God is so good, and He wants to repair you! So turn to Him!!
Well, y’all that’s all I’ve got for y’all this time. 🙂 My prayer for y’all is that, as you go back into your workplace and your schools, you will be reminded that you don’t have to hide your brokenness! You have been restored! And I pray that you have to courage to show it!! Y’all are so loved, and I’m praying this for every one of y’all! You are priceless, my loves!!