Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A Sweet Fragrance

   As I left church tonight, the air was full of the sweet fragrance of honeysuckle.  I was immediately taken back to my childhood in West Virginia.  The honeysuckle grew thick and wild along the riverbank and railroad in front of my house, and I still love the smell of it.
    There are other memories associated with smells -- like the smell of coffee and oatmeal. I didn't like either of those, but it always makes me think of my mom cooking breakfast for my brothers while I was in high school. The smell would drift up to my room as I was getting ready for school. I still can't stand coffee unless it is full of cream and sugar, but I love how it smells.
       My mother's favorite perfume, "Passion" was the best fragrance in the world. I tried to wear it, but it just didn't work with my body chemistry. Even after my mother went to heaven, I kept some of her handkerchiefs and sniffed them until there was not a trace of her perfume left.
         And skunks! Who would ever think there would be a good memory associated with that terrible odor? Well, it reminds me of my dad. When we were in the car and came upon a spot with skunk smell, Daddy would always roll the windows down as all of us yelled our complaints.  He thought it was hilarious. So, I can't say that I like the smell, but it always makes me smile.
          A sweet baby, freshly baked cookies, the ocean, roses from my husband, and even the aroma of Mr. Clean when I was lucky enough to have a cleaning lady -- all are wonderful treats that make me say, " Ahhhhhh!"

           If our lives reflect the gift of God in Christ Jesus, we become a sweet fragrance to God.  

Ephesians 5:2 Walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

2Corinthians 2:15  For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.

           Does my life cause God to say "Ahhhh?" Probably not -- but I want to be that pleasing aroma and I hope I will always try to walk in the way of love. 

1 comment:

  1. while funny how those memories take iyou home. I was some place yesterday and saw a fence covered with honeysuckle and had the same thoughts.