Sometimes these posts come in a flash, pray and the thought of what to write is right there. Other times it seems to take weeks or months for it all to come together. This one is one of those “took a while” postings. I’ve sat down with the intent to write on the topic of brokenness several times, but God’s always taken things a different direction…until today…so here we go.
I ran across something a few weeks ago that discussed Kintsugi (Japanese art form that uses gold to “glue” broken items back together)…which reminded me of a couple of articles on the topic I had saved off because I thought they were a great analogy for what God does for us in our brokenness. Went and pulled those out and began to think about how to approach the topic. It wouldn’t come together. I started reading several passages on God’s healing, His power, our brokenness…which lead to ones about weakness, grace, mercy, love.
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; [2 Corinthians 4:6-9 ESV]
And I ended at the above verse. Then I thought about Gideon and what they did with jars of clay (Judges 7), then lights and baskets came to mind (Matthew 5:15). Then how can we be the light (Matthew 5:13-16) if we’re not letting it shine through?
We are weak to show His power/strength…fragile jars of clay, easily cracked but it’s those cracks that let His light pour out. It’s where we can demonstrate to the world that He has filled us, stepped in and given us a power that overcomes our weakness…that His grace is sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9).
We’re made spiritually whole. Forgiven, pure, His child, heir with Christ, a treasure to Him…those are His promises. But so often we want that power to fill in all the cracks with gold…He does fill some of our cracks, but not all. If we’re ‘uncracked’, then where does His strength show? If we don’t have any weaknesses how can we testify to how His power sustains us.
Now, this is not an it’s okay to sin thing…Paul covered that in Romans 6:1. This is a He’ll carry you, He’ll hold onto you, He’ll see you through the difficulties, He’ll take your fear, He’ll show His power where you’re weak thing.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. [2 Corinthians 12:9-10 ESV]
Being weak, cracked is okay. He uses that. He’s there to help us when those cracks show up…we just need to listen and abide.
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. [Romans 8:26 ESV]