My friend Sheila is an artist and a fitness instructor. She used to teach some classes for my fitness business and then she became a mom. Working full time and juggling the responsibilities of motherhood prompted her to quit teaching fitness for a while. When I was opening my studio, I contacted Sheila and asked her if she would create art for my space. I just wasn't sure at the time what I wanted.
A few months ago I listened to a podcast from Renovaré and James Bryan Smith was the guest. During the conversation he briefly talked about a Japanese form of art called kintsugi. Kintsugi is the art of repairing broken pottery. Rather than throwing away the broken pottery, the pieces are put back together using a lacquer which contains gold, platinum, or silver. That same week, our pastor Matt talked about kintsugi at church. It was one of those moments when you wanna stand up in the middle of church and yell, "NO. WAY. I just listened to a podcast talking about this very thing!" But then decide that standing up in the middle of church and yelling may not be the wisest choice in the moment.
After listening to both James Bryan Smith and Matt talk about kintsugi, I knew what I wanted Sheila to create.
My broken nature repaired by God's grace.
I am broken because of my own sin, broken because of the sin of others, broken because of the heartbreak of living in a fallen world. And God steps into my broken, cracked nature with an invitation to piece it back together.
A week after Sheila had finished the painting and delivered it to me, we were in church on the second Sunday of Advent. Matt talked about 2 Peter 1:4... being partakers in the divine nature of God. I thought about the painting. A picture of my broken and cracked nature meeting and partaking in the divine nature of God.
I read earlier this week from Luke 9 when Jesus asks Peter, "But who do you say that I am?" And Peter answers, "The Messiah of God." In my Life with God Bible notes it says that despite Peter's flaws, despite his feet of clay, "God still poured great life and light out of him in order to bless and transform others." It goes on to say, "The same is true for us. We are only too well aware of our own imperfections and may believe that, until we get completely free of them, God cannot accomplish anything beneficial through our words and actions. But the example of Peter proves that this is not the case."
My broken and cracked nature is not thrown away. And I don't have to work at disguising the cracks. In fact, they are beautiful. Kintsugi art often looks even more beautiful than the original.