«Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in» (Isaiah 58:12).
There is a Japanese technique called «kintsugi» that is used to fix broken pottery. This technique entails varnishing the ceramic with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum, thus joining the broken parts. It comes from the belief that everything broken also has a story to tell and that a repair has its worth and is not necessary to be hidden.
In the course of our lives, we often became “shattered,” like the broken pieces of pottery we sometimes find. It is also possible that we ourselves have caused such a breakdown in the relationships with other people. In my house, inside a drawer, there are a couple of English ceramic dishes that we inherited as part of a dining set. They are broken, but since they are a family inheritance, they have been waiting to be glued in some way.
Many wounded lives have also been forgotten and kept without apparent restoration. The good news is that God can heal wounds and also use us as that «gold powder» to help transform other people’s sad stories into a work of art worth exhibiting.
There will be frictions and broken relationships among us, but as Christians, we can and must make use of the reconciliation that Jesus so well exemplified with His life. Our best version will be the one that shows the unmistakable work of the Master in the midst of our broken pieces.
Perhaps God is calling you today to repair or restore something that is broken (or that you broke) at some point.
«Through Christ, restoration as well as reconciliation is provided for man. The gulf that was made by sin has been spanned by the cross of Calvary» (Faith and Works, ch. 12, p. 93).
We will soon talk a little more about reconciliation, but today could be a good day to think about with which person you could use “kintsugi.”
I encourage you to look for photos on the Internet to see how beautiful these artifacts then are and ask God for wisdom to use His miraculous technique in your life and in those of others.