In Jeff's absence, I've had the chance to experience a whole new angle of a weekly phenomenon ... how the trash gets to the top of our driveway Wednesday morning ;) Let me tell you ... we have a driveway!
I almost missed it this week, but I remembered LATE at night and rushed out to drag the green box of dead weight up our hill driveway. Lest you get a sorry picture of me (Yes, I was in my pj's), let me tell you what struck me ... the smell! No, not the smell of the garbage. The smell of something outside around our house. Heavenly fragrance filling the night air and sweetening an otherwise "trashy" moment. No one else was even there to enjoy it, yet something was releasing its aroma into the air just because that's what it's meant to do. Instead of grumbling at the sleeping kids who were supposed to remember to drag aforementioned garbage up aforementioned driveway, I went to bed smiling at my Heavenly Father's late night admonition to me.
Ephesians 5:1, 2 ~ "Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling aroma."
That's children of God giving off His fragrance at all times, just because that's what we're meant to do. Seem too hard to do in your stinky circumstances?
2 Cor. 2:14-15 ~ "Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing."
We are to be the diffusers of the fragrance of His knowledge everywhere. The heavenly scent overcoming the stench of the rotten things of the world. That means we have to know Him through His Word. I'm going to be praying today that the Lord will help me smell myself for who I really am and to show me what I'm diffusing. Would you pray that prayer with me for your own life? How does it smell where you live?