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The Master Repairer

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers them from them all; he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.  Psalm 34:18-20 NIV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.“Broken is beautiful,” a friend reassured our small group Bible study.

She then explained the Japanese art of Kintsugi, which uses gold to repair broken pottery. By dusting the cracked pieces with powdered gold, this art form draws attention to its brokenness. The highlighted cracks and flaws become the focal points of the pottery.

“Thus, the brokenness creates the beauty,” she concluded.

The psalmist reminds us of God’s protection even when we are flawed, troubled, or crushed in spirit. His healing hands can pick us up, dust us off, and put us back together again—even better than we were before. We just need to trust in His saving power.

Like the crack in the Liberty Bell, the lean in the Tower of Pisa, the horns on Michelangelo’s “Moses,” our flaws give us character.

The Master Designer maintains complete control of His artwork. He is always ready to fill our cracks, remold us, remake us, and improve our value. Even as wounded vessels, He can deliver us from evil, protect our bodies, and beautify our souls.

Broken artwork repaired by the Kintsugi method results in vessels even more beautiful than a piece of flawless ceramic. A broken person repaired by the gift of God’s goodness and grace results in a beautiful and unbreakable masterpiece.

Allow God to bind up your wounds and repair your cracks. Embrace your brokenness so that others can see God’s beauty within you.

(Photo courtesy of pixabay.)

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Joyce McCullough

After teaching high school English in Manchester, Tennessee, for over thirty years, Joyce McCullough now works as an advisor for the Middle Tennessee State University Educational Talent Search and enjoys volunteering in her church and community. Joyce’s writing has appeared in numerous publications including The Cumberland Presbyterian, The Missionary Messenger, Alive, Focus on the Family, and Bluegrass Unlimited. She is currently seeking a publisher for her children’s book. Joyce can be followed on her blog at www.exlibreleo.wordpress.com