Broken and better.
Would you ever think that something broken could be better, more beautiful, or more valuable?…
A discovery was made in the 15th century by Ashikaga Yoshimasa. A process of making the broken beautiful.
His discovery? Adding gold dust to an adhesive resin to repair it improved the appearance. This process emphasized the cracks and made them more appealing. The discovery became known as kintsugi or kintsukuroi. The process attempts to create something beautiful out of the broken and imperfect.
While we, in our society, throw out the old and trash the broken, the Japanese consider a repaired piece to be elevated to a whole new level of appreciation. In fact, they have been known to purposely break a vessel of pottery just so it can be repaired.
They cherish the imperfection of a broken pot repaired in this way, seeing it as a creative rebirth to the pot’s life story. They consider that, when something suffers damage, it then has a history, and it becomes more beautiful and valuable.
The gold repair brings beauty out of the brokenness. Not as good as new…but better! Brand new!
Doesn’t God do the same for our brokenness? (Broken and Better)
She says she lives in a hole. A figurative hole, but a hole nonetheless.
Some days, she says clouds of discouragement roll in, casting shadows over her life. On sunny days, hope makes a temporary visit.
Some days, she flies a kite of joy in a gentle breeze; some days, a whirlwind sucks the kite out of her hands, taking joy with it…and hope.
She draws close, leaning in to tell me more of her meager existence. She tells me…
*of her lack of purpose
*of her lonely days and lonelier nights
*of the lack of laughter and finding enjoyment
*of how so many things have been taken from her
*of the starkness, the lack of necessities in her life.
She reveals how her financial and physical woes have tempted her to opt out of this earth’s existence, to move on to heaven’s hearth. But she rejects the nudge to opt out, for she desires to opt in with Christ…
No matter what things look like, she holds on. (The Story of Her Existence)
She’s broken. Broken and brave. Brave to go on…in the strength of the Lord.
Beauty in brokenness? “Beauty doesn’t exist apart from fragility,” says Ann Voskamp in her just-released-already-best-seller book The Broken Way: a daring path into the abundant life.
Our fragile, human hearts break. Become wounded. But “Wounds can be openings to the beauty in us. And our weakness can be a container for God’s glory,” says Ann.
This book is so beautiful. It is not to be read; it is to experience. To run smack into. To breathe in Ann’s vulnerability and transparency. To allow your heart to open and breathe out brokenness. To savor. To soak in the comfort. To highlight a thousand passages and then some. To read again and again. And with plenty of tissues.
Maybe you, my friend, have suffered heart damage and it feels unmendable. Ann’s daughter said to her, “Maybe the love gets in easier right where the heart’s broke open.”
A broke-open heart yearns for God’s love, His peace, His comfort, to ooze into those broken places like warm honey. Ann says, “Great grief isn’t made to fit inside your body. It’s why your heart breaks.” And “Your one broken heart always splits God’s heart in two. You never cry alone.” David says, “The Lord is close to those whose hearts are breaking.” (Ps. 34:18 TLB)
Your broken heart’s story is that you are more beautiful and valuable because the gold of God’s grace is mending you. Not new…but better.
Broken. Brave. Beautiful. That’s you!
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