Why Kintsugi Is Good for Your Healing
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Dear broken vessel,
In my initial post of this blog, I mentioned my purpose for creating it, this blog is a “next step” in living out my Chazown. As a reminder, Chazown is the Hebrew word for dream or vision. The idea is, God has created you for a specific purpose. Consider Psalms 139:13-16 (AMP):
For You formed my innermost parts;
You knit me [together] in my mother’s womb.
I will give thanks and praise to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was being formed in secret,
And intricately and skillfully formed [as if embroidered with many colors] in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were appointed for me,
When as yet there was not one of them [even taking shape].
God knew each of us before we were born and He knew the vision He had for each of us. CLICK TO TWEET
In participating in the Chazown Experience, one looks at three different aspects to discover their Chazown, their core values, their spiritual gifts, and their past experiences. What I want to discuss in this post are our past experiences.
Undoubtedly, all of us have had past experiences that have left us broken, emotionally scared, regretful, abandoned, etc., this is all part of the human condition. Many believe that these imperfections hinder our value. How could God use my to bring Him glory when I am so damaged?
On the contrary,
God doesn't cast you off because you are broken. CLICK TO TWEET
Consider those people in the Bible whom God used for good, Jacob, David, Paul just to name a few, all were flawed.
The philosophy behind the Japanese pottery art of kintsugi mirrors the idea of God using our past experiences, the good, and the bad, for a special purpose. “Wabi-sabi” means to embrace the flawed and imperfect, and it is this idea that guides kintsugi.
Broken and shattered pieces of jars or vases are restored together using gold lacquer to create something new and beautiful. Instead of hiding the brokenness, the gold lacquer highlights the brokenness. Just as in kintsugi, God works all things together for good, even, and especially, with our brokenness. God can take your past, your pain and turn it into something of great value and purpose. Contemplate Psalms 126 (AMP):
They who sow in tears shall reap in joy and singing.
Just as baptism is the outward action depicting the inward acceptance of Christ and the rebirth into His family, partaking in the art of kintsugi can be a symbolic act depicting the acceptance of our brokenness and the belief that God can use our past experiences to fulfill His beautiful and divine vision for our lives.
If you want to learn more about the Chazown Experience or discover your Chazown, click here. Also, on October 8, 2016, the Chazown Experience will be available online.
Finally, I want to leave you with one of my favorite songs and speaks very closely to the topic discussed.
Yours Truly, LeNae
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