In 2 Corinthians 4:7-9 (NIV) it reads, “7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” These verses sum up the reality of transitions which challenge us. As humans, we are fragile like a vessel of clay that can be easily broken. The hope in our frailty is found in the all-surpassing power which is beyond us. Stretching and growing ourselves can bring about cracks in the vessel of our lives, but as it says in 2 Corinthians, God molds us back together.
The Japanese know this reality through Kintsugi, the art of fixing broken pottery with gold. Through this craft, broken and damaged pottery is molded back together with fine metals. This process accentuates the objects beauty rather than hiding the repair. I like to believe we are the same way. When life gets tough and presses on us from every side, we can rest assured we will not be destroyed when we allow our spiritual strength to come in and restore us back together creating a beautiful masterpiece.
Brokenness in our lives does not need to be hidden from the world. Share in each other’s burdens so that as broken vessels in jars of clay, we can overcome the despair, abandoned, and crushed feelings. When the spiritual light shows through our brokenness mended with sacred gold, others can see and be encouraged they too are a work of art for the light to shine through in times of growth and transition. Then others will know their brokenness is welcome in your presence.
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