But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.
— Isaiah 53:5 (NLT)
Finding Jesus later in life I hauled a lot of baggage into our relationship. Failed marriages, approval addiction, domestic violence, and drug addiction – it all sounded like the latest reality show. Only these stories weren’t for public entertainment. They were the broken pieces of my life that led me to the cross. However, leading me to the cross and leaving them at the cross were two entirely different scenarios. I wasn’t sure what Jesus would or even could do with those shattered pieces I carried, so I did what most of us do – I tried to keep them hidden.
Until one day I discovered Kintsugi, the Japanese art of mending broken objects with gold. After being repaired the flaws are seen as a unique piece of the object’s history, which adds to its beauty. The pottery is thought to be more beautiful for having been broken. In fact, on the restored piece of pottery, the gold actually highlights the brokenness rather than trying to hide it.
As believers, this is what Jesus does for us. Our Creator specializes in making all things new. Offering acceptance, forgiveness, grace, and new beginnings, Jesus can repair the broken pieces from our past, any breaking we are experiencing in our present, and all fracturing we will encounter in our future. He gathers every fragmented piece, carefully patching them back together, not only making us whole but more beautiful because we’ve been broken. Much like Jesus’ scars still showed, ours will too. They are part of our story, a piece of our path with Him, a part of our journey to Him, and a passageway into deeper relationship with Him. Unlike us, His goal isn’t to hide our broken places, but to redeem them. When God redeems us where the enemy tried to break us, our scars become areas of beauty and strength. Hopefully, people see Jesus in our scars as the glue that pulls our pieces back together and holds them firmly in place. Our scars will tell our story and testify to the redemptive nature and restorative power of our Savior.
Friends, our broken things can become blessed things when we let God do the mending. Let’s offer our wreckage to our Redeemer, finding freedom in the masterpiece He forms from the fragments.
Discover the Distortion
What broken places are you trying to hide?
How can you let Jesus heal you and make you whole?
But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.
— Luke 8:50 (KJV)
Rewire the Words
I am healed and whole.
Proclaim it In Prayer
My God, You are Jehovah Rapha, the God Who heals. There is no illness, weakness, or brokenness that is beyond Your power to restore. Instead of trying to hide my brokenness, I bring the fractured pieces of myself to You, asking You to mend them, making me new. Where I see my scars let me see the Savior Who stitches the pieces back together, making me whole, healed, and more beautiful for having been broken. Where the enemy tried to break me, You chose to rescue me. Remind me that my scars are a part of my story portraying beauty and strength and testifying to Your redemptive nature and restorative power. In Your Holy and healing name, I pray. Amen.
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Walking the Walk Ministries LLC · 2022