I got to thinking about other scents I love, and here are a few more favorites:
Rain on hot pavement or dirt in the summer
Just thinking about those scents makes me happy. Smells are powerful. They remind us of places and people. For example, can you bring up in your mind the smell of your grandparents' home? Hopefully that brings back good memories. Smells comfort and soothe our weary hearts and minds.
As I think about the various good smells in our world, I'm taken immediately to our Creator who designed it all, and incorporated these scents to bring us pleasure while being useful at the same time.
God loves scents too. The Old Testament speaks of the aroma of sacrifice as being pleasing to the Lord. The New Testement in 2 Corinthians 2:15 tells us, "For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing." That's a powerful image!
Today I'd like to encourage you to bring some of your favorite scents into your life. Buy some flowers at the grocery store, splurge on a plug-in room freshener, light a candle, put some cloves in an orange, simmer pot-pourri or citrus peels on the stove, or bake some cookies for your family.
As you do, think about our Creator who gave us the sense of smell. Share this idea with your family and find out their favorites scents. Use this as a family discussion over dinner. Then maybe find ways to bring these wonderful smells into your life more.
I'd love to bless someone today with the gift of a book I got. As an editor I often get preview books. It's called "Closer Than Your Skin: Unwrapping the Mystery of Intimacy With God" by Susan D. Hill.
To be in the running, please submit a comment with your favorite scent. If there's a why associated with why it's your favorite, please let us know. I'll do a random drawing on Friday afternoon of all those who submit their favorite and contact you to get your address.
In His Love - Glynnis