There is Beauty in Brokenness
He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true." Rev 21:5
The Japanese have created some on point products and cuisine over the years. At no point will I refuse a bubble tea or carpool to sushi train. But something I heard about a few years was reminded in my head again when I was reflecting on this year’s theme of ‘New again’.
If this were a teen 2000’s flick it would be the part where they have the dramatic flashback montage, but confined to blog platform, rewind with me in your head to one of the first times you can remember someone hurting you. I know I know, kind of pessimistic but role with it.
For me, I thought about my first early years at school, alas I wasn’t always the fun-loving weird chick I am now. Dare say I used to be quite a nerd in my class mates’ eyes.
Brief background – I wore glasses, and have a learning problem called dyslexia which basically meant I for a time used to read upside or wrote backwards (some say freak, I say superhero) but it warranted a bit of bullying with the name calling of “four eyes!” while my peers generate no points on creativity I’ll chuck em one for persistence.
I grew up feeling quite hurt, broken. Feeling rejected from this group, and although this wound was formed so early on, I carried it with me for so much of my life. I saw time and time again, this old wound affecting other areas. My relationship with my body, the way I interacted with guys, even my family. All from this early on hurt I had experienced. Praise ya Lord because later in life I found Jesus, received prayer and discovered he’s the bomb.com and gave my life to him.
But this only happened gradually, and in order for it to happen, I had to be made New again. I think I resonate so much with the theme because I’ve experienced this promise fulfilled in my life. The Japanese, like I said, possess many talents. But I want to point out the picture attached.
The weird gold jar is called Kintsukuroi.
(n.) (v.phr) “To repair with Gold. The art of repairing pottery with gold or silver lacquer and understanding that the piece is more beautiful for having been broken.”
Dude - I love that. The fact that, despite having been in pieces before, the act of repairing it with gold made it new again. But not only that – stronger. More beautiful. In my life, it wasn’t just being put back together. I’ve received countless apologies, experienced healing from my past, but I was just put back together. I wasn’t New again. And that’s what the scripture means – to not just be solid and functional. To thrive! Recreated with those streaks of Gold – completely new and even stronger and more beautiful than before. That God wants us to be the best versions of ourselves – that with his love, & accepting his promises, we can be the people he created us to be. To dream, hope and believe. We’re not an after thought in the vast incredible plan of his creation – we’re the pinnacle and his greatest pride.
Who wouldn’t jump at that chance? I certainly will be. And I’m keener for conference because of this theme and to experience that promise again, for those words are trustworthy and true. Behold, I am making everything new again.