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