This bowl went from broken to beautiful! The art of golden joinery is the definition of the Japanese word, “kintsugi.” Fragmented and broken pottery or ceramics are repaired in this process by filling the holes and cracks with a resin mixed with gold, silver or platinum. What used to be broken pieces thought to be worthless become a thing of beauty! The very brokenness makes the item become more precious and valuable!
Today’s verse is a comfort and reassurance when going through suffering. There is hope. The author of this psalm was experiencing ridicule (vs. 51). There was intense pressure from the wicked and perhaps he felt himself cracking from it. He vows to stay faithful to the Lord through it all. In the night he reminds himself of who God is (vs. 55) and he resolves to stay the course. Through all the pain he remains hopeful because of God’s promises.
It is hope that brings me through the darkest times of my life. I can feel forgotten, rotten and dead inside just like David did when he described himself as “broken pottery” (Ps. 31:12). But then, there are the promises of God. Whatever feels broken He can repair. More than that, He transforms our very brokenness into something useful and a thing of beauty. Nothing is too hard for Him or beyond the skill of His capable hands. He works in the good where everything went bad. That stupid decision, that utter failure or that shame at letting Him down is all part of a pattern that He redeems and makes beautiful. This is my hope.
Thank you Lord, that Your promises give me hope.