Melinda Martin, a book designer and publishing expert, posted this story on Facebook. With her permission, I am re-posting it here.
We are often hardest on the things we love
Three or four years ago (time goes by fast), a couple that we are friends with invited us on a quick weekend trip with them to Galveston. We were able to contribute a little bit to the trip but not much, which they knew. They just wanted to bless us, and we had a great time.
While we were out walking through the shops, I saw a coffee mug that I loved. It was my favorite colors and had a nifty little half-teaspoon that would sit in a slot in the handle. It was also the perfect size for me. (I don’t like large coffee mugs because the coffee gets too cold before I can drink it all.) But the mug was about $10, and I couldn’t justify spending the money on myself.
A year later, Jimmy Martin went with Jace on an overnight stay with his class to Galveston. When he made it back home, guess what he had for me? That coffee mug.
I drink out of this coffee mug every day. I love this mug. It’s one of the few things I own that I really love.
As I was drying it off yesterday morning, something else caught my attention, and I set it down, wrapped snugly in a dish towel so it would be safe.
A few minutes later, I was rinsing off a few more dishes, and I grabbed that towel up by the corner. My favorite mug flew from its resting place and broke with a solid thump on the floor.
When Gigi woke up this morning, she asked, “What happened to your mug?”
“I broke it. I’m a little hard on the things I love it.”
“Well, I sure know that,” she said.
And we laughed a little bit, hugged a little bit, and just acknowledged that, yes, I am hard on the things I love.
I got careless. I got distracted. And the thing I loved so much is broken.
“Kintsugi (金継ぎ, きんつぎ, “golden joinery”), also known as Kintsukuroi (金繕い, きんつくろい, “golden repair”), is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum, a method similar to the maki-e technique.”–Wikipedia
Maybe Jimmy can piece her back together again with some gold resin. Then when I drink from her each morning, contemplating my day, I will be visually reminded of the damage I caused something I love. As I feel the gold rise under my hand, I will caution myself to not lose focus, to not let another thing of less consequence catch my eye and create brokenness.
Whether you are the one at fault or the one in need of repair, God can make you whole again. Yes, you may bear the scars of your brokenness, but you will also shine with the gold of his healing touch.