Spiritual Kintsugi

Kintsugi (golden joinery) is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.

God loves to take broken things and restore them. He loves to take people who are wrecked and make them whole. He is in the business of repairing so well that the final product is simultaneously still scarred yet still more beautiful than the original.

My understanding of this Japanese art form first came from research with Jericho Cruzado when we were expanding our ideas for more Herald Threads clothing. We loved the idea of how this art form is exactly how God works with his children. That idea never left me and I have carried it through much brokenness and taken much encouragement from it because I know it to be true; this is exactly how God works.

I am so broken, so needy. Many of you know this from past blog posts or just from knowing me. Even with my short time at New York City Relief, I have felt this reality. The work that I have been chosen to do in NYC is incredibly big, bigger than I am qualified to tackle. The under-qualification of Ben is vast! BUT I know that God is using me in my brokenness and transforming me into something far superior, far more beautiful than I ever could have been without Him and without this. As I continue to struggle with my own sin, I am daily reminded that even if in a worldly sense I am under-qualified, God has qualified me and is qualifying me to do this. I am so humbled to be counted worthy and trusted with this work. He will not let my shortcomings get in the way of the work that He is doing in the lives of so many.

Again and again I am amazed at where God has called me. In one sense, what I do is very tangible and felt in the physical world: connecting the needy to resources. In another sense it is intangible to the physical realm and strongly felt in the spiritual. The waters are deep, the waves are high, but He will keep me afloat! My hope and strength are in Him!

There is still so much to learn, but I’ve got the best Teacher.

Take courage in this: if God is calling you to something, He will qualify you. It doesn’t matter what other people may speak into your life, or what you even think of yourself. He sees greatness in you and wants to use you for His kingdom. So don’t be like me and resist until he decides to lovingly toss you into chaos. Say “yes” to the thing that you know He has been gently pulling you towards. I know it will be scary, I know that you will feel under-qualified and I’m not discounting that those may be true, but God is someone who will be there empowering you to do everything He has spoken over you.

From one broken person to another; your brokenness doesn’t disqualify you. You are being lovingly repaired to become stronger, more beautiful, more alive than you ever have been before.

Don’t trust “the process,” trust His process.

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

The greatest upsets in todays world are the people who are seen as nothing but let God use them for everything.

Be one of those people.




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