Coming from a background of worldly upbringing, with parents that indulged in worldly practices, the word “broken” or “flawed” came up regularly. But since becoming a child of God, ongoing study of the scriptures have instilled in me desire to share this with you. I have, in raising my children reminded them that they are never to broken for something good to happen. My daughter and I just these past few weeks have been getting a few of her affairs in order and I had to remind her to trust me and that the situations we were dealing with weren’t too big or too problematic for us to deal with. Just as we Christians need to remember that God has a plan and can give us guidance to overcome these “problems” or “flaws”.
Jeremiah 29:11 New International Version (NIV) For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
In Japan they have a practice called “Kintsugi”. It is where they fix broken pottery with gold. To make this post even more strange, my daughter started this post for me and pulled up a bunch of Google pictures, and I immediately recalled a post from Beautybeyondbones.com (fellow blogger who did post about a week ago titled Seeing Gold. She used the same premise to talk about how God showed her that her anoxeria is a brokenness that He has repaired with His love and grace so that she too can shine forth the love of God through her brokenness.
Here is an example of the art form
And to top that off, knowing God does a lot to get my attention, I have been reading a book with my devotions called God Uses Cracked Pots by Patsy Clairmont. Its from Focus on the Family, but I got a used copy from Amazon.
Toby Mac has a great song out called Feel it. Part of the Chorus says
Oh, I feel it in my heart
I feel it in my soul
That’s how I know
You take our brokenness and make us beautiful
Yeah, that’s how I know (can’t take that from me)
All of that was done to say, and I am sure if you have done much Bible reading at all, that God uses our brokenness to show others His Love through us. There are a lot of flawed characters in the Bible. We need to be more open and honest in our witness so that they see the reality that what is good in us is God, not us.
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