In Navajo culture, rug weavers would leave little imperfections along the borders of the rugs they create in the shape of a line called ch'ihónít'i, which is translated into English as "spirit line" or "spirit pathway."
The idea is that these openings create space for Spirit to flow in and out of what has been created. It is also a reminder that there is beauty in imperfection and that it is often through the broken places of our lives that we learn more about who we really are... and who God is to us.
But there's something else that occurs to me as well...
The notion of Spirit flowing in and out through the imperfections and broken places also speaks to the possibility of the newness of life, growth, and transformation---the kind that can only occur because there was space for it to do so.
Space that was created because of imperfections... brokenness...
It's challenging to experience the kind of growth that comes through brokenness---painful even. It can be disruptive, and awful when you're going through it.
But if we accept that new life can't happen unless there is pain, and if we are willing to surrender and trust that there is new life on the other side of it... We may very well discover a very important truth about ourselves.
Let me explain... I'll need to start with this poem from Rainer Maria Rilke:
Then perhaps we would endure our griefs with even greater trust than our joys.
For they are the moments when something new has entered into us,
Everything within us steps back, a silence ensures, and something new…
Stands in the center and is silent.