Scent Memories

Have you noticed how certain smells can bring back happy memories for us?

Odors travel directly to the brain’s limbic system, which deals, in part, with memory and emotions.

Israel, in the Spring, is scented with the exquisite smell of orange blossoms, and other flowers. The country is a major producer of oranges, and is now also one of the world’s largest exporter of flowers.

I remember this scent with great gladness. It was particularly intense in Kafr Kanna (Cana), where Christ performed his first miracle. There is a little church there where couples like to travel to renew their wedding vows.

When we got home, I searched for a cologne that would replicate the smell of Israel in the Spring, as I remember it.

I found such a cologne; is is called ‘Orange Blossom’, by Jo Malone.

I don’t wear the fragrance in public, out of respect for people who are sensitive to scent, but within my home, l enjoy wearing it.

Christians all have a spiritual scent, which is described by Paul in 2 Corinthians 2: 15-17.

We are described as being ‘The aroma of Christ to God’. Believers often can recognize each other by the ‘spiritual smell’ that is created when we live lives of obedience, trust, and service.

On the other hand, non-believers also recognize our ‘spiritual smell’ , and they do not like it.

It brings them conviction of sin and awareness of disobedience. Paul says that they perceive this odor as the smell of ‘death’.

Nevertheless, no matter how unbelievers may perceive us, let us continue to share the Good News of Salvation, for we never know when someone’s heart might be receptive to accepting the Lord.

May we pray for the grace to live lives that spread the spiritual aroma of Christ to others around us.

Photo by Sally

40 thoughts on “Scent Memories

  1. I really love your description of Christ in us as a beautiful odour to other believers, but on the contrary a terrible experience to unbelievers. I suggest that it is the Heavenly odour of Holiness from our Holy God.
    Thank you Sally for your inspiration sister, may you be blessed in Him today.

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  2. Sally, you pack so much meaning into few words. Bravo! ๐Ÿ™Œ

    The concept of spiritual smell is very real. Iโ€™ve met strangers, and as we talked I realized they were fellow Christians. Sure enough, when I asked them, they said โ€œYes, I am a Christian.โ€

    Iโ€™ve also encountered strangers (here on WP) and the โ€œdarknessโ€ of evil can be felt through their writing alone!

    I recently created a comment policy for my blog to address this issue. As some seem to revel in saying vile and accusatory things that are not helpful to the cause of Christ.

    Thank you for your presence here. I am grateful you did not retire from blogging Y theological thoughts. They are much needed!



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  3. So true that when we live in obedience there is a spiritual smell that is sensed by both those who believe and those who donโ€™t.
    May we embody that pleasing aroma of Christ and hopefully draw others to Him.

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  4. Love this, Sally! I was talking with a friend the other day and I asked her what produces memories faster, a scent or a song?! For me itโ€™s scent! I will also look for this fragrance as I LOVE orange! I pray to be a pleasing aroma to the Lord, accepting that it means I stink to the world!

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    1. As I was researching this scent, I learned that it is also the favourite scent of Kate Middleton, ( Catherine, wife of Prince William) โš˜๐Ÿค— Yes, hahaha….so true, we ‘stink’ to the world. ๐Ÿ˜„ Thanks, Mandy.

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  5. Wow! I can only imagine how Israel would smell in the Spring! Sounds so lovely. Maybe someday I will get to visit there.
    You are so right. We all should have a pleasant โ€œspiritual scentโ€ to all those around us.

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    1. Hi Renee ! Thanks for commenting. Israel has so many flowers, and fruits and vegetables of every kind. Even banana trees grow there, and cotton too.
      Yes, may we always be the sweet fragrance of Christ to God, and to the world. ๐Ÿค—โš˜


  6. I LOVE the smell of orange blossoms, although I’ve never been to Israel, just Florida and Arizona.
    “Great minds think alike …” Just the other day I wrote a piece about being “the aroma of Christ,” which I will probably post soon.
    Blessings, Sally.


  7. Smells and memories are interconnected in the brain. The limbic system and olfactory lobe communicate with each other which explains why we link certain smells to memories ๐Ÿ™‚

    The other day, my husband bought Old Spice body wash and this scent reminded me of the perfume from Hollister. Now I find myself using this particular body wash because I associate it with the perfume which I used to like a lot.

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  8. You bought my mind right back to when my husband and I visited Cana. And yes, we did renew our vows in the little church. I enjoy reading your posts Sally. Stay blessed ๐ŸŒผ

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  9. Scents bring back memories so much. We have the scent of orange blossoms in the country here (central Florida) right now. But for me the scent of hay brings me joy because my aunt and uncle were dairy farmers. But the scent of our attitude and spirit to those around us. We need to refreshen those we come into contact with. So important.๐Ÿ˜ƒโค

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    1. Ah, you are very blessed to smell orange blossoms. I enjoy the smell of hay too.
      Here, in the fall, people still cut hay fields to feed their animals. We have a field like that across from us. Thanks, Tonya. ๐ŸŒผ๐Ÿค—


  10. What a thought provoking post Sally.. makes me wonder..if I did give off a fragrance (spiritually speaking) what would it smell like? Would it be an attention grabber or a softer scent..obnoxiously overwhelming or pleasantly appealing, would it draw people in to ask “what is that you’re wearing?” or push folks away? Would anyone even know I had it on?

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    1. These are really insightful questions, Cindy. For sure, we have a spiritual fragrance. It is a soft, subtle scent that does not overwhelm but is immensely appealing to others who desire to love God and their neighbour. For people who are seeking the Lord, but who don’t yet know Him, they would definitely want to ask : “what is that you’re wearing ?”.
      Thanks so much for this comment. ๐ŸŒผ๐Ÿค—

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  11. As I read your post I was reminded of the smell of burnt toast. Appalling to most, it reminds me of camping tripsโ€”bringing back fond memories of my dad cooking breakfast on a Coleman stove and the fun we had in the outdoors with my family!

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