Kintsugi – Precious Scars
Written by Lorrene Mcclymont on May 15, 2019
Recently, I was doing my usual Facebook scroll before dragging myself out of bed, when I came across this quote: ‘In Japan, broken objects are often repaired with gold.’ The flaw is seen as a unique piece of the object’s history which adds to it’s beauty. Consider this when you feel broken’. Because I couldn’t get this out of my mind. I googled it and discovered that it is an art form called Kintsugi; the art of precious scars.
There are parallels for us in this. Imagine if we saw our flaws as unique. Our cracks and breaks as precious scars that are a unique part of our history. Imagine if they were precious scars that help other people to see their scars as something beautiful. Something that encourages other people to be everything they are called to be instead of a history that holds them back.
Allowing God to Work in The Broken Parts
I thought about the painful things in my past and the things I am not proud of and I realised that many of them have become ‘precious scars’. Things that were meant to cause destruction have not destroyed me. Things that have held me down have not kept me there. However, for that to happen, I had to allow God to work in the broken parts. I had to give those things to God for Him to repair the brokenness and cover the fractures with precious gold. I had to walk through them with Him.
Broken Doesn’t Mean Useless
I think the thing that strikes me the most about this is just because it is broken doesn’t mean it is useless. The break is part of it’s unique history just as what happens to us is part of ours. It is in the healing that it becomes a work of art and the healed area becomes a precious scar, just as valuable in the history as the unbroken parts. Being broken doesn’t disqualify us from doing great things, if anything being broken makes us more useful. We are more able to achieve the incredible. The healed break is not the same as it was before, but it is even more beautiful.
Lorrene McClymont is a photographer and writer living in Adelaide, South Australia. She writes faith based blogs under the Essential Hope banner. All images can be purchased through the Hope Imageswebsite