More Beautiful Than the Original

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He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11

Kintsugi is a Japanese art form of repairing broken pottery with a special lacquer paint mixed with gold, silver, or platinum. The philosophy behind this is to recognize the history of the object and to visibly incorporate the repair of the cracks instead of disguising it. The process usually results in something more beautiful than the original.

The world will have us to believe there is no value in something once it is broken. To throw it away and start new, but Kintsugi says you can take what is broken and make it more beautiful than anything new.

Once a heart has been broken, God does not simply discard it. Looking at Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, we see a balance between all the circumstances in different seasons that can cause joy and sorrow, but the hope of Ecclesiastes 3:11 tells us that God is the master of miracles and that He makes everything beautiful in its time. He will do the same for your brokenness. He takes the pieces of a heart that have been broken down, covered in tears, and war-torn. Then, takes a special lacquer paint mixed with grace, mercy, and the blood of Jesus and begins to redeem, restore, and renew it.

By repairing broken ceramics, it is possible to give a new lease of life to pottery that becomes even more refined thanks to its “scars.” The Japanese art of kintsugi teaches that broken objects are not something to hide but to display a new glory. God doesn’t throw away broken hearts. He promises beauty to speak from the pieces. There is promise in Jesus’ scars, so we can trust that God has a greater purpose for our pain. This beautiful healing process results in something more beautiful than the original.

Terasha BurrellComment
Less Likely to Unravel

When I was growing up, my mom loved to cross stitch, which is a form of sewing where X-shaped stitches in a tiled, raster-like pattern are used to form a picture. It sounds complicated because it is. Anyway, she had an entire Longaberger basket filled with Aida cloths, thread, needles, and patterns. One of my favorites, which I have in my home today reads, “Life outlined with prayer is less likely to unravel.” From time to time, I will stare at this artwork, and I’m amazed at the precision and patience my mom practiced as I remember watching her complete each one. Each design was so unique, and she never rushed to finish. She took her time picking out colors that would coordinate the beautiful pattern. She would work in an accent color or two that at first look stood out and appeared not to fit but once finished, it added to this particular beauty of the finished product that would look incomplete without them. When she finished, she would take the completed embroidered picture to a frame shop. The type of frame used had the back completely sealed, where it would never be able to swap for a different design.

The Bible tells us that God has seen every day of our life. When I sit and remember my mom sitting in her chair making new cross stitch artwork, I can visualize God sitting on the throne cross-stitching, knitting, all the parts of our story and the days we would live. I see Him carefully picking out every detail and weaving His character into us. I can even see Him picking out accent colors that at first glance, does not appear to make sense. These accents are shaded with pain and the tragic circumstances of life that we would not have chosen to stitch beside the good things in life, but when God pictures the finished work, which only He knows, He sees that every thread fits perfectly into His beautiful design for our lives. He says, ‘It is good.” He then seals it with a promise that the glory of Jesus Christ will be revealed in us, and there is nothing about the finished artwork that can be changed.

In many seasons, we would not have picked the threads of pain and heartbreak. We would much rather have our lives colored with what we deem as beautiful, but God does not work that way. Even Jesus’ story had to have threads of darkness and death. That was God’s will for His life, and enduring pain is a part of His for us. Find the hope that when He looked at the life of Jesus, He saw how those threads  fit perfectly into Jesus’s story because He did not stay dead. He sees the same for you.

God knows the beginning and the end because that is who He is. I urge you to pray for the ability to see God’s perspective and view the threads of pain and heartache that seem to interrupt the design of your life as threads of strength and perseverance as you journey through and trust that this thread of His design for your life fits beautifully in His good story for you. Having His perspective will make you less likely to unravel.

Terasha BurrellComment