Monday, June 28, 2021

Scars of Gold

READ - But he was pierced for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds, we are healed (Isaiah 53:5 ESV).

I was a bit of a tomboy when I was a child, and I had scars on my legs to prove it. As I became more familiar with fashion and stockings became a relic of the past, I shied away from wearing skirts because the scars on my legs were so ugly. To my eye, they ruined an outfit. How I prayed for those scars to fade. I never saw the beauty in those scars, only what I thought was disfigurement.

But without those scars, I wouldn't have learned how to climb trees; I may have never attempted to run, I would have stayed safely inside. How boring! Those scars were necessary for my growth. They were valuable in my growth. They were golden, much like the Japanese art of Kintsugi.

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of putting broken pottery pieces back together with gold. In this ancient art, the fine strands of gold connect the broken pieces. The finished restored product highlights the slivers of gold used to mend it, creating a picture of perfection. 

Often we try to hide our blemishes – we cover up scars with makeup, tone down our personalities, or try to make ourselves fit in. We perceive flaws in our created selves as things to be hidden.
But God chooses to mend us, letting us know that every part of us is worthy when he binds us with his blood. His blood is like precious gold, so let Him fill in the gaps of your wounded soul. God is the Master of Kintsugi.

PRAY – Dear Lord, I’m grateful for your restoration in my life, for making me whole again and mending the broken pieces of me. Thank you that you are a God that restores beautifully. Amen.

REFLECT – Have you turned your wounds over to God?.


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  1. So encouraging this afternoon! I, too, am so humbled and so very grateful for God's restoration. Many times have I been broken...but truly shattered by grief (and the loss of my son). But God, in His great grace and mercy, has mended and restored. I would like to think...filling in the broken scars with gold!!

  2. Thank You Lord for being a Master Craftsman in my life and making my flaws pieces beautiful ❤️‍🩹

  3. I love this, Nylse. Kintsugi has interested me for quite a few years - I love that the gold also makes it stronger than it was before - and it made me think that your scars have made you stronger, too - and well as more beautiful and more valuable! It humbles me what God does with the broken pieces of ourselves! Shalom, my friend. ~ Maryleigh

  4. Dear Nylse,

    I have always loved the concept of Kintsugi and i love myself the way I am.
    It takes us time to reach that level in life and when we do it's so empowering. With our scars and blemishes. I have a few scars, a metallic rod on my shoulder which I unabashedly don't mind flaunting when I wear my sleeves outfits. It looks like a version of my collar bone. :)

    Ha! Ha!

    Love and light, Nylse. Thanks for joining me on #WordlessWednesday

  5. What a beautiful picture of what God does in our lives!

  6. This is a precious thought to me >> "But God chooses to mend us, letting us know that every part of us is worthy when he binds us with his blood." May every scar remind us of Hid tender and mighty care for us. Grateful you linked up, Nylse!


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