Aroma

a·ro·ma : A pleasant characteristic odor, as of a plant, spice, or food

This week, for the first time since I knew I was pregnant with the twins, I donned my running shoes and miserably plodded jogged to the river, about a half mile down the road. (My next goal will be to run all the way back, too. Smirk.) As I went, I couldn’t help but notice what an absolutely beautiful day it was, with sky that had me wishing for the time to mix that exact gumball blue color with my paints, and white clouds that weren’t all white, but full of faint oranges and rosy hues, with a hint of grey. And the smells- the freshest flowers, the newest green leafy things everywhere, even the heat coming up from the pavement gave a pleasing scent.
My husband laughs at my incredibly good sense of smell. It isn’t an asset when the odors are bad, but to thoroughly enjoy something that smells lovely, now, that is a treat. Some things just smell good; other smells remind me of a pleasant experience from the past. It appears I am not the only one whose nose knows a sweet smell. The Bible talks about how God appreciated the odor of a burnt offering given to Him, how the wise men brought spices to the newborn King, how Jesus was worshipped at one time by the anointing of a woman’s jar of perfume on His feet. I love the verse that talks about how we believers can ‘give off’ Christ’s scent to those around us, spreading His gospel. I want to do a better job of that with my children; rather than being repelled by my selfish odors, they would have a sweet-smelling gift of love to share with others.
Funny how spiritual the aroma of a summer day can be.

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Psalm 19:1

Then burn the entire ram on the altar. It is a burnt offering to the LORD, a pleasing aroma, an offering made to the LORD by fire. Exodus 29:18

But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. 2 Corinthians 2:14

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