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