The Japanese art of Kintsugi (“golden joinery”) is where cracked or broken pottery is mended with gold. The finished result is beautiful, functional, and increases the vessel’s worth. Such is the same in our lives when we allow God to take the gold of His Holy Spirit to the trials, problems, and broken pieces of our lives and bring restoration, healing, and beauty from the ashes.
Smith Wigglesworth once said, “To be molded by the hand of God must become our everything, our all-consuming desire. When it is, every trial is a blessing, because in everything we see the opportunity to trust Him to purify us further. As we are able to discern the truth and live as melted gold, as moistened clay, as softened wax, with broken and contrite hearts, we are pliable in the Potter’s hands, as He conforms us to His image.
- Only melted gold is minted;
- Only moistened clay is molded;
- only softened wax receives the seal;
- only broken and contrite hearts receive the mark as the Potter turns us on His wheel, shaped and burnt to take and keep the mark, the mold, the stamp of God’s pure gold.”
“So that the genuineness of your faith — more valuable than gold, which perishes though refined by fire — may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
~ 1 Peter 1:7