The smell bought it all these wonderful memories back in a nostalgic cloud. How blessed I was to have such nice memories and how blessed we are to have a sense of smell. Our sense of smell is one of the most evocative senses we have. A single whiff can instantly transport us to other places, other times and instantly conjure up a myriad of memories either good or bad. How many of us have smelled that familiar disinfectant smell and thought of school toilets? Or someone passes you wearing a perfume and you remember a person or a place. In my first job, all the girls wore Estee Lauder Youth Dew. A strong heady perfume that was very fashionable then. I hated it then and I still do now, but how do you tell a whole office of mature women, when you are the ‘junior’ that you can`t stand their perfume? You don’t, you learn to bear it or block it out.
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We also know that this fragrance we carry is not always welcome. To those who are seeking the Lord we are the fragrance of life but to those who do not wish to follow the Lord we appear to be carrying a fragrance they do not like or want to savour, in fact we are like the smell of death. This can be hard for us if we want to fit in with the people we meet every day. Its easy sometimes to want to mask the fragrance, to not let the beauty of the fragrance of the Lord flow from us because we know the people around us don’t appreciate that fragrance. Paul says in the reading above; ‘who of us is adequate to the task’. To be willing for the fragrance of the Lord to constantly flow out of us means sacrifice. We must take time to sit with the Lord so that His fragrance permeates into our lives and then we must be willing to share that fragrance with people knowing that the fragrance of the Lord will offend as many people as it blesses.
I attended a college course recently and as the course ended I reflected that I had not told many people that I was a Christian. I wondered why that was and I tried to tell myself that it was because I had not had many opportunities, but the truth was I had not really allowed myself to let the fragrance of the Lord flow out freely. I ended the course feeling disappointed that I had not shed the wonderful perfume of God’s love around more, I will not meet those people again and I can now reflect on a missed opportunity which I regret not being more willing to share. It really is a matter of choice, just how much I allow the fragrance to flow from me, but it also needs cultivation. Perfume needs to be applied if a person is to become fragranced. Time must be spent in the Presence of the one who imbibes us with the fragrance (Jesus himself) for us to soak in that fragrance of His Grace, so that every part of our lives is touched by the beauty that is the Lord, in that way sharing the fragrance wherever we go will be a natural thing not contrived.
Its amazing what small things the Lord uses to teach us. Today it was a smell of toast that brought these thoughts and challenges to mind. I`m so grateful that its in the everyday things of life that the Lord speaks to us and brings to us new challenges and new blessings.
Lord today help me to be the fragrance of Christ to the people I meet.
Author: Jan Pearson
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