A strong sense of scent is both a gift and a curse.
I have this mixed blessing and here are a few ways it has enhanced or affected my life.
I love the scent of my husbands shirts when I go to wash them. His cologne mixed in with his wonderful unique scent.
The baby fragrance that emanates from my grandchild has the power to reach my heart in an instant. Swallowing me up in the power of my love for her.
The brewing of some great espresso coffee makes me smile and feel excited.
My mom’s cooking always brings back cherished memories.
As funny as it may sound the scent of each of my children and pets causes a delightful explosion of joy in my heart.
Each beautiful to me and can quickly stir my heart and emotions.
I have heard some people say that the smell of horses makes their heart beat just a little faster. That one evades me since I’m a city girl.
Every experience we have ever had shapes us to delight or reject certain stimulations.
The smell of Dial soap makes me recall Roger’s heart attack since it was used during his hospital visit.
The slightest smell of blood makes me want to faint.
It is fascinating how tied together our previous experiences and emotions can be to one of our senses.
There are a few verses in the Bible that speak of fragrances.
2 Corinthians 2:14-16
14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. 15 For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 16 To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life.
When we are like Christ and He dwells in us, we smell like Jesus.
The scent of heaven for those who are being saved. The stench of death to those who reject Christ.
The stronger our commitment and surrender to God the stronger our smell.
People should be having a reaction when they are around us.
I’ve traveled to countries where wonderful aromas and horrible smells are inter mixed and often arrive one right after another. It causes me to pray that I would never affect another person as a perfumed person with stinky moments.
May we all be drenched with the scent of heaven and walk around smelling like our Jesus.