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God bless you!

No, it isn’t a sneeze blessing; it is an ancient Japanese art form which means “golden joinery.” When the shogun of the 15th Century demanded his tea bowl be repaired, the crack was stapled together. He insisted upon a better way. Artisans then repaired the cracks with gold, silver, or platinum, all precious metals, and a new art form was begun.

When I first read about this beautiful art form, I was astounded at the illustration it presented to me: God almighty repaired me, my hurts, hang-ups, and sins with the precious element of Jesus’ blood—not hiding my cracks or flaws, but beautifying them. I would have repaired the above tea bowl with platinum to blend in the crack and make it less obvious. The artist chose gold which makes the imperfection more visible and the contrast somehow exquisite.

This is what God has done in us, for us, to us: repaired the cracks (shame, guilt, and hurt) which we feel are so visible that we hide them behind a mask. It is interesting if we think about the repaired vessel representing each one of us. None of us are perfect (Romans 3:23). We are flawed from the start. However, God created us for a reason. The potter made this bowl with a purpose. The purpose for which it was created has not changed. Let me repeat that: the purpose for which it was created has not changed. God’s purpose for each of us has not changed either. Just because we may get a few bumps and bruises along the way does not change God’s plan for us.  Using Jesus’ blood, he repaired us, making us somehow whole again and beautiful.

Ephesians 2:10    

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Colossians 1:16 (NIV)
For in him all things were created… all things have been created through him and for him.

When did we stop believing this and dreaming of the possibilities ahead of us? When I first believed in Jesus and embraced the promise of forgiveness, I felt so alive and full of potential! I couldn’t put the Bible down and dreamed of being a missionary who would lead thousands to faith in Christ. I felt invincible. I was confident that I would never sin again. Never let anyone down again. Never be hurt again.

But then I failed … again. I believed the lie that God could not use me. I am a cracked pot, after all. An imperfect sinner. Somewhere along the way, I believed the lies instead of the truth. It wasn’t until I remained in God’s word and shared with other believers that I learned to believe the truth, that God has created me with a purpose and that the imperfections have been repaired by the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

The sum total of my past, hurts, gifts, passions, dreams, let downs, experiences, decision, etc., have all come together to make me who I am today—KINTSUGI.

Isaiah 61:3
To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory.

When you look in the mirror, do you see the exquisite vessel God created with precious repairs or do you only see the flaws? Can you begin looking at the flaws with God’s eyes?

What future dreams did you have when you were young? Did these dreams change after you met Jesus? Why or why not?

Next Steps:
Maybe you haven’t allowed God to repair your mistakes or hurts. Invite him in to make beauty from ashes, to fill the cracks with Jesus.

Open God’s word daily this week. Journal about your passions and gifts.  Dream about how God wants to use you!

Begin dreaming with others by joining a DreamTeam at your campus. Find out more about the DreamTeam at

Dear heavenly Father, you created me with a purpose. You didn’t make a mistake! You want to use me for your glory. Help me to dream again, to find my purpose right where I am. Help me be REAL and honest about these cracks so that I can tell others what YOU have done in my life.  Thank you for the beauty you reveal in my flaws. In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

This post was written by Julie Roehl. Julie loves God’s Word and CedarCreek and is so very grateful for the love and grace of Jesus. She enjoys grammar, traveling, and tennis. She is married to John, and they are blessed with 7 children.

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1 reply
  1. Cathy Thibodeau
    Cathy Thibodeau says:

    Julie – what a beautiful illlustration of forgiveness. Kintsugi.
    Thanks for sharing!

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