Sunday, August 14, 2016
Kintsukuroi -- To Repair With Gold
Where Kintsukuroi came from? Old sources say, in the late 15th century Japanese sent a broken Chinese tea bowl to China for repairs and the end-product he got had metal staples. It looked so ugly that Japanese craftsmen looked around for something more artistic and beautiful. Their curiosity and enthusiasm marked the birth of Kintsukuroi, the art of repairing broken pottery. It’s said they were so pleased with the art that they deliberately smashed expensive pottery so that it could be mended with seams of gold. Strange but its true!! Today, the Japanese craftsmen do not toss the broken pieces in the trash (like us!) but bring them together to get a product with an enhanced aesthetic appeal and artistic value.
By now you know where I'm going with this post. Like this broken pot, we, too have been broken, rejected, misused, set aside, thrown out as damaged goods. We may have thought, "No one would ever want me." But, with the concept of Kintsukuroi, things that we think should be thrown in the trash, are in reality, a precious treasure that needs just a little TLC -- tender loving care. Here's the really, really good news. If we will turn ourselves over to the Master Potter, God, Himself, He will heal our brokenness, fill in the cracks, the lines and breaks in our lives with His unconditional love and mercy which is even more precious than gold. The scars that came from the hurts and pains of our life's experiences, will be made beautiful as we place ourselves in the Master Potter's Hands -- even more beautiful than we were before. And, even beyond the beauty of the NEW you and me, is allowing others to be healed because we were able to turn our scars into stars, our tests became our testimony, our messes became our message to a world that needs these touches of GOLD so much.
"But now, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand." Isaiah 64:8
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It was just "puppy love" that brought my Honey and I together at the ages of 13 and 12. We eventually married at the "mature" ages of 18 and 17. And that's when our faith journey began. Over the years, we encountered many opportunities to stretch our faith, especially when our babies were very sick, when financial situations were out of control, and when our marriage relationship had some rocky periods.But we made it through those times by our strong faith and trust in God. But never was our faith more challenged, than when my 63 years "young" husband was diagnosed with Stage 4 Kidney Cancer. Fortunately, the 44 years of marriage and faith-building experiences, caused us to "weather the storm", and still remain in peace and strong in our faith. This "peace that passed understanding" compelled me to blog and share the principles that caused our faith to be unwavering and continues to give me the joys of living large! I'm still here, so I'm not done!. I pray you will grow in your faith as you, not only read the blogs, but apply the principles to your own life -- for the good times, and especially for those times that seem so overwhelming.