I recently read an article about the art of “Kintsugi.”  Imagine taking a beautiful ceramic bowl out of a kitchen cabinet and suddenly bumping into someone, causing the bowl to fall out of your hands and breaking into pieces when it hits the floor.  In our culture we would likely throw it all away and use some alternative bowl.  In Japanese culture, they would take some rice flower, mixed with gold lacquer to form a paste that would repair it for future use.  The gold streaks would make the ceramic bowl become even more beautiful than before.  
God does something like that in each of our lives. Every one of us has some sort of brokenness in our past.  It could be a broken heart, broken relationship, something that could have made us think of just “throwing it all away.”
Jonah reached a point in his life where he was telling others to throw him overboard! He was broken, but God still had plans for him.  God didn’t throw him away, instead he took his shattered life and set him on the path to find his purpose again.
Isaiah 64:8 “O Lord, you are our Father.  We are the clay, and you are the potter.  We all are formed by your hand.”
If we could only see the art of Kintsugi that God had done in our lives, we would give God more praise for the healing of our past.  We would see that God repeatedly put our brokenness back together and are still a useful vessel for His noble purposes. 
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”
Lord, use me again!
Pastor Tom