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?

nylse-headshotNylse is a Christian wife and a mother of four who loves life and inspiring others. She likes to have fun but is very clear on who she is and Whose she is. A prolific thinker, she blogs to encourage others from a Christian perspective at www.lifenotesencouragement.com. She can be found online on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.