In the beginning God created - you. You were without form and void of anything worth noting; and darkness enveloped you. Yet the Spirit of God was hovering over you. And then God said, "Let there be a fearfully and wonderfully created human being, formed in Our image." And it was so. And God looked at you, this work of art, His perfect masterpiece, and saw that everything He had made was good. You were made a priceless jewel.
Think that's impossible? Try reading Genesis 1 and tell me which is the greater miracle.
But maybe you think you've ruined the priceless jewel God has created. This past week I was pondering a word which has meant a great deal to me ever since I first learned about it: kintsukuroi. It is the art of taking broken pottery, melding it back together with gold lacquer, and creating a masterpiece even more valuable than the original. Because honestly, all of us desire to be wonderful and perfect. Dashing young knights and flawless princesses. A perfect world. A perfect life. No blemishes or mistakes to mar our happiness. Yet we never can seem to figure out how to attain such holiness. It's as if God has shown us a window through which we can view the glory to which He has called us and yet we put a backing on the glass and focus on the imperfections we see in the mirror. We try makeup. We try TV. We try porn. We try eating - or not eating. We divert our focus to things around us; earthly, vanishing, temporal ways to make ourselves beautiful and give us a sense of fulfillment. We travel, looking for purpose. In fact, we'll grab at any dying thing that promises to make us valuable.
But that's the beauty of kintsukuroi. It doesn't matter how broken you are. It doesn't matter how many glues or tapes or cords you've tried to fix yourself with. The more broken you are, the more beautiful you will become. If all else fails, the Potter will break you down to nothing so He can build you into everything He wants you to be. Think you've messed your entire life up by the choices you've made? Don't worry, you're not that powerful. You're simply the clay. The clay that God has destined as a centerpiece in His grand design.