“Oh my word! What happened in here?” I yelled as I opened the front door to our house. The entire place smelled like a porta potty at a county fair. My mind focused as I went into “sniff-it-out, blood hound-on-the-hunt” mode. Something rotting in the garbage disposal? Maybe a trash can that had been harboring a dead rodent I wasn’t aware of? Nope, just a huge pan of Brussels sprouts simmering on the stove. Eeeeew did they stink. It reminded me once again that healthy food is highly overrated.
Smells really do elicit emotion, don’t they? They can bring back a fabulous warm memory or a revolting need to run out of the room and dry heave. One sniff of my husband’s cologne, and I’m smiling from ear to ear. The scent of salty air blown from a beach wind brings me back to childhood, and the smell of anything deep-fried has me thanking God that someone invented a corn dog on a stick. Several of my friends have certain candles that are only lit during specific times of the year. Their fall pumpkin spice leads the way for the pine needle fragrance that arrives in early December . . . atmospheres of great traditions set just by the aroma in the air.
Why am I compelled to tell you that one of the worst stinks ever to be introduced to my nostrils was when I got to be the lucky passenger on my mom’s carpool day to pick up my brother and three of his high school friends from wrestling practice. Breath through your mouth, breath through your mouth, I repeated over and over to myself as I learned the life-long lesson that you can taste smells. And today I smiled remembering one of my daughters coming home from second grade and announcing, “Mom, I thought about you all day. Your perfume was on my hand, and I kept sniffing it.”
So what does a Christian blog have anything to do with smells? Did you know that Paul addresses scents in 2 Corinthians?
2 Corinthians 2:14-16 — 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. For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death: to the other, the fragrance of life. And who is equal to such a task.
As God’s children, we are the aroma of Christ to God. We remind Him of all things Christ. I love that! Because Jesus lives in us, we are pleasing to God. Can’t you just see God sniffing a beautiful bouquet of flowers with a huge smile on his face? My dear friend, that’s what you do to your heavenly Father. When we are full of Jesus, those who are being saved sense the fragrance of life on us. Life-giving Jesus! You sure do smell good.