It was still very early in the morning when I walked out of the dense woods into the open field. The fragrance of sweet summer flowers greeted me. It was strong and encouraged me to stand still and enjoy the moment, let my senses awaken. I looked all over the ground and into the meadow, expecting to find beautiful flowers close by. I tried hard to find the source but could not identify anything. I kept walking.
The path eventually curved around the field which allowed me to look back onto the spot where I encountered the sweet smell. Then I saw them. Huge trees covered in white blossoms were lining the road at the edge of the woods. I had not been able to see the flowers because they were hanging over my head, one place I had not looked.
I was reminded of the fragrance Christians carry inside them. We too, like single flowers and clusters of flowers, carry a certain fragrance. Jesus makes us smell beautiful to God. With Christ at the center of our lives, we become a pleasant aroma to God and others around us.
When we walk in the Holy Spirit, our actions reflect Jesus’ heart. Small deeds and seemingly insignificant acts of kindness can become evidence of our loving Creator. Like single blossoms in clusters on an ordinary tree in the middle of the woods, when we unite as the Body of Christ, there will be an overwhelming fragrance. God’s love for mankind is noticed.
For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing;
2 Corinthians 2:15 (NASB)
Father, Christ alone in me makes me a pleasant aroma.
I cannot earn Your love for me.
I am not saved by what I do, but by what has been done for me.
Help me to walk instep with the Holy Spirit.
Let my fragrance, Jesus Christ, become attractive to those whom You put on my path.
Let all I do be because of Christ,
in Christ and
(Heidi Viars, 2013)