“He has made everything beautiful in its time…”
“Kintsugi”, maybe you’ve heard of it? It literally means “Golden Repair”. Japanese artists will take broken or cracked vessels and repair them with lacquer and powdered gold. The idea is not to disguise the repair, but rather, to highlight it as part of the vessel’s story. I think Jesus is a master of Kintsugi. It’s our story, but God’s glory.
In John 4, we read about a Samaritan woman. She has had 5 husbands, and she is currently sleeping with a man to cover her rent. She is trying to cover up the broken places of her life until she meets the great artist that is our Savior. Jesus reveals himself to her, and her life is never ever the same again. We are still marveling 2000 years later. Her story, God’s glory.
In Mark 5, we read about a young man that was consuming dark things, and dark things eventually consumed him. He’s riddled with a Legion of demons. His life shattered. He lives among the tombs. Until He is confronted with the one who sets captives free. The young man’s life would go from a horror show to an art show. Delivered and set free, this young man would share his story to the Decapolis, and people would be won to Christ. His story, God’s glory.
What is your story? Your mess can become your message. Your test can become your testimony. It’s your story, but God’s glory. Trust the Golden Repair of Jesus.