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From Broken to Beautiful – Kintsukuroi

“Kintsukuroi” – Golden Repair 

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This Japanese technique takes something broken and not only repairs it, but places value in the brokenness by mending with gold. The philosophy behind this art is to acknowledge that breakage and repair form part of the history of the object.

I’m not sure there could be any other art form that so closely imitates the love of God in our life and I love what it represents for us.

I’ve known brokenness, what it feels like to be beyond repair. I’ve felt the shame of the scars I carry – wounds both physical and mental that threaten to stick around as constant memoirs of the battle ground of life. Years wasted believing that my value was diminished because of the paths I’d walked. I’ve lived under the condemning weight of others words as they’ve instilled judgement, condemnation and negative reports.

I used to think there was no way out, destined for a life of survival, just living to make it through one day to the next with my arms outstretched carrying the broken pieces of my life.

There’s only so long you can go on like this – and I tried it too many times!

I’m so thankful for the days when I’ve been completely broken, and laid all those pieces at the feet of Jesus (although sometimes it’s more like a crashing and dropping than an elegant laying down of all those pieces!). In those moments He so gently comes and pieces me back together…and somehow, more beautiful than before.

When we find ourselves broken He doesn’t cast us aside and render us useless, fit only for hiding in the dark corners of the basement never to be seen again or throwing out with the rubbish. Much like the art of Kintsukuroi, He doesn’t just stick us back together again with glue leaving an ugly trail highlighting the brokenness, He pours out His love and brings out beauty from the brokenness, placing value on the life that has been redeemed. To repair with gold is to instill more value into the object than it had before.

Through His work in our life we are able to come out the other side more victorious…
No longer bound by shame – but heads held high because of the value placed on our lives through His overwhelming goodness in lavishing His love into the most shattered places of our hearts – mending and healing, making us whole.

We can’t avoid the trials and challenges in life, but we can face them knowing that we won’t be broken beyond repair because there is One waiting to restore us every time, never allowing our value to decrease. He takes us through the process of “Golden Repair” filling the cracks with His gold, piecing us back together more beautiful than before.

 

 

 

 

YOU are beautiful…

Yes YOU! You who’s eyes are fixed on this page, you are absolutely beautiful!Image

I am passionate about the cause of beauty…I would give every breath to fight the cause of those bound into an existence that brings about a distorted image.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. A well known saying. One that resonates deep in my soul, to the very core. As I have walked my own journey, discovering the depth, gaining revelation of these very words, I find in me a compassion has been birthed that longs for every soul to know their worth.

To define beauty by one’s appearance, looks and style cheapen’s the work of the Creator Himself. Beauty is the substance of the words spoken by the most renowned artist ever to exist. Beauty is the reflection of  the hands who made the subject, that crafted it into being. Hands that carefully knit each creature, every fibre uniquely positioned. Beauty is the revealing of the One who is life in us, the very breath that is poured out.

When the definition and perception of beauty become distorted, judgement flows first to our own self, then tragically is poured out on those who fall in our gaze. A spirit of comparison destroys the image of beauty, and paves the way for standards that reinforce a skin deep mindset. 

In a society that invests time and money into the “beauty” industry, our eyes can rarely escape the deluge of material that reinforces false standards of beauty.

My own walk from destruction to freedom opened my eyes to more than this world can offer. An encounter with the One who is altogether lovely, with which all else pales in comparison. I look deep into His eyes and see a beauty that none can compare to. The impact of such a moment, imprinted on my heart. Given new eyes, to see from His perspective brings an awakening to beauty all around. All who fall within my vision, I see a glorious masterpiece, formed and fashioned by One who knows no limits.

To deny beauty is to deny the work of the Artist, the Creator.

I conclude, at the hands of God, ugly cannot exist, only a distorted image of beauty.

 

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