4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. 5 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 6 O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel. Jeremiah 18:4-6
There is an interesting Japanese art form known as Kintsugi. When pottery or a bowl is broken, the pieces are collected and put back together. You see, the broken pieces are considered a part of the history of the object and should not be discarded. Naturally, the mended pottery will not look the same as it did before. The Japanese however do not try to hide the brokenness; instead, they highlight the mended areas by adding a substance mixed with silver, gold or platinum. By the time they are finished the vessel looks like a new item, but far more beautiful than before it broke. The vessel also has some unique markings that sets it apart from others like it.
God wants to put our broken pieces back together and make a new vessel out of us.
During our lifetime, we will experience some kind of brokenness, which may leave wounds so deep that, like a natural wound, it will need special attention. A Band-Aid will not work. We need special medicine. If we do not take proper care of these wounds, they will appear, on the surface, to have healed, but underneath the scab, it may be infected. If our hurts do not receive proper attention, they may lead to anger, bitterness, hatred and even indifference, to name a few infections of the soul. As a result, we may never walk fully into the abundant life God has prepared for us.
Brokenness is not the end. In fact, if properly treated, our brokenness may be the best thing that ever happened to us. We have to trust God’s faithfulness and His love for us. We are the clay in the hands of the master Potter. He can make something beautiful out of our brokenness and pain if we let Him.
Jesus wants to heal our brokenness today, and make of us a new and more beautiful vessel. If you feel broken, remember, there is hope. Jesus can fix anything that is broken in our lives. He can use these broken pieces to bless us and bring glory to the Father. God will use the thing meant for evil for good. See Genesis 50:20.
Prayer: Father, today we give you our pains and disappointments. Father we refuse to hold on any longer to these things, but willing release them all into your hands. Please heal our broken hearts and everything in our lives that is broken today. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen