Kintsugi is a Japanese art to repair broken pots with gold. Golden joinery, part of the history of the pot.
I love the thought that is behind it.. although there may be some personal interpretation in this.. that being broken does not mean it’s useless and should be thrown away. Instead the pieces are glued back together with gold, making it more precious and valuable in the process!
It appeals to me, to know that even though I feel broken sometimes, I can be made whole again with gold.
There is a verse in the Bible that speaks to me about this too: Job 23:10
But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I shall come out as gold.
None of us are spared trials, struggles and difficult situations. It is in those times however that we can rely on our God to purify us and make us whole again, if we trust Him with our heart and lives. What an incredible promise that is. Made valuable through golden joinery.
The words of a particular song (we are broken, by High Road. You can listen to it by copy/paste this YouTube link in your browser… https://youtu.be/r0XFrF6Mpj4 ) sum it up so well. Sometimes it takes a little thing to mend.. We are broken to become more beautiful, tried by fire, shine like gold. We are shattered to free the diamonds in our souls.
We are broken to be whole.
Just like the Japanese art form.. made whole by gold, more valuable than ever!