It’s hard to believe that we’re into the last full week of October already! I am really enjoying writing this series and it encourages me a lot to know that others are appreciating it too, so thank you for being here!
This week we are going to be looking in more detail at some of the “golden lines” of Kintsugi- some of the beauty God works in our brokenness. On Wednesday we have the final guest post of the series, and later in the week I am going to be sharing a couple of my own Kintsugi stories too.
The first of these “golden lines” can be summed up well by Jesus’ words in Matthew 5 at the opening of the section of teaching known as the Beatitudes. I like how the New Living Translation puts Matthew 5:3- “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.”
Like many of Jesus’ teachings it turns our typical way of thinking upside down. In a culture which celebrates strength, success, and self-sufficiency, it is not looked on positively to be poor or needy, but Jesus says we are blessed. How can that be?
To put it simply, because, whether we realise it or not, we all need God.
The problem is that when life is going well, it can be too easy to ignore that fact. We can be tempted to put our trust in other things such as our relationships, careers or achievements because those things seem to be working…
…And they may for a while, but sooner or later they are going to let us down, because no relationship, however good, and no achievement, however praiseworthy, is ever going to be able to fill the gap inside us that only God can fill.
When the other things we have put our hope in let us down, it can be incredibly painful but it can also be a blessing in disguise, and I’ll share my own story of this on Friday.
The blessing in the brokenness is that as we come to the realisation that we can’t fix it ourselves, that we can’t fill the gap, and we can’t stop the pain, it can bring us to the point where we finally recognise the truth. We need God.
It is humbling, but it puts us in our rightful place and causes us to cry out to the God who is able to give us what we need: love, grace, forgiveness, and fulfilment in him.
There are several Bible verses that talk about God’s grace towards the humble and the good he can work in our lives when we reach that point:
When we humble ourselves, he draws close: “Though the Lord is great, he cares for the humble, but he keeps his distance from the proud.” (Psalm 138:6 NLT)
When we recognise our hunger before him, he fills us and satisfies us: “He has brought down princes from their thrones and exalted the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away with empty hands.” (Luke 1:52-53 NLT)
When we come with a contrite spirit, he restores and revives us: “The high and lofty one who lives in eternity, the Holy One, says this: “I live in the high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I restore the crushed spirit of the humble and revive the courage of those with repentant hearts.”” (Isaiah 57:15 NLT)
It’s sad that it often takes brokenness to get us there, but when we reach that point of recognising our need, he loves to draw near to fill us and satisfy us, and restore us into beautiful works of Kintsugi that display his glory.