Cracked Pots

2 Corinthians 4:6-7 (ESV) “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.” Some time ago these verses were our focus when we likened ourselves to ‘cracked pots’.  This challenged our thinking into how the life-giving power of Jesus comes through in our human weakness! In fact, God can and will use each one of us to reveal something of Jesus, our treasure within, irrespective of how ill equipped we feel to share this good news of rescue. These verses came back to mind this week as I reviewed the last session of the Prayer course 2, an excellent course which has given those taking part the opportunity to try and process some of life’s most painful questions in relation to unanswered prayer. In this session I was introduced to a ‘Kintsugi’ bowl, an example of the centuries-old Japanese art of fixing broken pottery. They are repaired using powdered gold, silver and platinum in the cracks in order to make the repaired piece even more beautiful than the original and in so doing to celebrate each pot’s unique history by emphasizing the breaks instead of trying to hide them. It’s a reminder that when we are broken, when we struggle, our normal desire is to want God to restore everything to how it was but more often than not God draws close and desires to take our brokenness and turn it into something beautiful for His glory, if we let Him. Bryan