The Potter and clay imagery is one of my all-time favorite Biblical treasures, so I just have to pass this on:
Some of you mommas and daddies out there may have heard of Christian author & speaker, Sheila Walsh. I heard her on a podcast just recently and I LOVE what I heard her say about clay pots!
Japanese Kintsugi (kint-sue-gee) artists have a unique way of repairing broken pots! They slowly and carefully piece the parts back together like a puzzle, glue them in place, and THEN fill the cracks with pure gold. It gives the pot a brand new look and can be used for any purpose!
This is what Christ does with your and my “broken places”—pieces of sadness, weakness, anger, hurts, & sins! Jeremiah 18:4-6 says: But the piece he was making was flawed while still in his hands, so the potter started on another, as seemed best to him. Then the Lord’s word came to me: …I deal with you like this potter, declares the Lord…Like clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in mine…!” And in Job 23:10—““But he [God] knows where I am going. And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold.” Sooo, Treasure seekers, God is the Master Kintsugi. Just as in real Kintsugi, the repaired pot is most often better; more beautiful than the original! That’s our God! I challenge you to make a Kintsugi pot with whatever you have at home. Then display it! It’s a conversation piece; a witness to God’s goodness!