God's Broken Vessels
Your steadfast love, O Lord, is as great as all the heavens. Your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds. Your justice is as solid as God's mountains. Your decisions are as full of wisdom as the oceans are with water. You are concerned for men and animals alike. How precious is your constant love, O God! all humanity takes refuge in the shadow of your wings. You feed them with blessings from your own table and let them drink from your rivers of delight.
For you are the Fountain of life; our light is from your Light. Pour out your unfailing love on those who know you! Never stop giving your blessings to those who long to do your will. Psalm 36:5-10 (TLB)
The Lord is close to those whose hearts are breaking; He rescues those who are humbly sorry for their sins. Psalm 34:18 (TLB)
Wati Mollier is from Nagaland, India. He has always been fascinated by Kintsugi, the traditional Japanese art of mending broken pieces of pottery with liquid gold, silver, or lacquer - thus highlighting and enhancing the breaks and adding value to the broken objects.
Kintsugi reminds him of his condition. Many times in his journey of faith, he has found himself defeated, wretched - having given up hope, He was ashamed to face God. He pleaded, "God, I want to give up. My brokenness and my sins mock me." Then always God's voice would come in reply, "I haven't given up on you, my dear child. Why should you give up on me?" The more broken and shattered Wati became, the more God's grace seemed to surround him.
His struggles have shown Wati that he needed to trust in God's strength because his own strength could fail him. But all along his Christian journey, God has picked up and mended his pieces. Today, Wati is a beautiful creation of broken pieces, mended by God's love and grace.
At times, we all feel unloved, dejected, or lonely. But God is greater than our brokenness. Broken lives and broken hopes are precious in the sight of God, who can use even broken vessels to carry our great plans.
I can't help but think of Peter, who must have felt broken after he denied Jesus three times. Yet Jesus forgave him and made him the leader of His church. We too, even in our brokenness, can find forgiveness and be used by God, IF we let Him in.
Prayer: Dear God, remind us not to give up on You when we are broken, in Jesus' name, amen.