Sensing God - Up To Know Good on Thursday

Sensing God
Up To Know Good on Thursday

October 19, 2006

savoring the smell of coffee

As I walked through the craft store, I paused and picked up a candle labeled “Hazelnut.” I put the cellophane wrapped cylinder near my nose and took a cautious whiff. Even through the plastic wrap, I could smell the rich aroma of hazelnut coffee. I breathed in more deeply, enjoying the familiar smell. I closed my eyes and imagined for a moment being back in my grandparents’ old kitchen.

Do Good - Think about a smell that evokes a sense of security or happiness for you. If possible, find that scent and fully enjoy it and what it symbolizes.

The strong scent of coffee reminded me of the laughter, conversations and affection I’d shared with my extended family years ago. Those feelings of security and love returned as I drank in the aroma of the hazelnut candle. Scripture says that our lives can be like a fragrance to those around us. To those who love God, it is a scent of life. We should not be surprised, however, that to those who deliberately live apart from God, the same fragrance is a convicting scent of death. However others may perceive us, let’s decide to live as a Christ-like fragrance. To me, others who “smell like Jesus” sometimes have the fragrance of hazelnut coffee - warm, rich, deep, and loving.

“Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing.” 2 Corinthians 2:15. Click here to read this sentence in context.

Jesus, help me to understand what it means to smell like You! Thank You for good the memories and emotions that certain aromas provoke.

Know Good. Do Good. Feel Good.


I pray that you have a great day as you experience and express God's love in fresh, real ways!


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