Cracked Pots

Published 4:52 pm Saturday, September 2, 2023

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By Freda Reynolds

Are you a “cracked pot?” I believe there is a crack in all of us. We all have blemishes, places where our lives have been broken. We can feel inadequate, unworthy in all areas of life. 

We live in a fallen world. Because of sin in the garden of Eden, we are faced daily with broken people, broken hearts and the scars they leave in us. No one escapes! But there is healing available. That healing begins with trusting in a Savior who has provided us salvation. The word “salvation” is more that just a trip to heaven at the end of our journey. Salvation in the original text is about wholeness, restoration, peace and joy in a life full of trials. A peace that passes our human understanding. 

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There is a process in Japanese pottery called “Kintsugi.” Kintsugi is the process of repairing broken pottery. When the pot is broken, the fragments are glued back together and the cracks are overlaid with gold. The cracks are there but now they are beautiful. 

We have a skilled potter who crafted us just as we are. Every cell in our body was designed by God our creator. Jeremiah 18:4-6 in the bible tells a story of the potter and the clay. God is the potter and Israel in this passage is the clay. But the analogy can be just as appropriate for us today. If we will allow Him, he will heal the broken pieces in our life. And I can tell you He will overlay them with gold. The scars we have will bring beauty to our lives. 

Today we are reminded of Psalms 139. “For you created my innermost parts.” “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”