In our minds we always have these aspirations of how we want our lives to turn out. For most of us the end product is nothing like we thought it would be when we were young. Sure; some things have come to pass, but then there are others. Those are the ones that keep us up at night. The “what ifs” of life. Maybe it was a bad choice or a series of choices. One drink led to a problem, a moment in passion led to an abortion, a click led to an addiction, a bad relationship that became a divorce. We think our lives are beyond repair. We wish for a reset button so we could reboot and start over. Unfortunately life does not come with a reset button. As Christians we wish we could change a lot of things in our life. I meet people every day who want to come to have a relationship with Christ, but feel like they need to clean up their life first. None of us can do that.
Pottery is a common analogy for us in the Bible. But what do we do when our bowl has been broken or cracked? Do we throw it out? Give it to Goodwill? The Japanese have a process they call “Kintuskuroi”. It is the process of repairing pottery and china with gold. They believe that the cracks, holes and broken pieces are the history of the object and there is value in that history.
“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”
Christ fills our broken cracks and lives with His blood and the results are beyond spectacular. The vessel becomes more valuable and useful than ever before. It has often been said that “God never wastes a hurt”. How true that statement is. We would never choose to intentionally walk down the paths we have chosen, or have the things in life happen to us. However, if we let God use us we can be a part of helping someone else heal.
I am so glad that God is the potter and I am the clay.