A Sweet Savour

Like a Scented Geranium


   My dad loved to grow plants and flowers of all kinds, but one of his favorites was a type of geranium. Unlike the regular geraniums, this variety isn’t known for it’s flowers. They’re called scented geraniums, and the many different scents are what gives these plants their appeal. 


  If you saw a scented geranium in a nursery, you would probably pass it by, seeing nothing special about it. But if you were to brush your hand across it, or pinch one of it’s leaves, you would soon notice an aroma emanating from within the plant. The fragrances are many and varied, ranging from coconut to lemon, even nutmeg, almond and many, many more.

  How similar we are to these plants. There is really nothing special about us until we are touched by the hand of God. Like the scented geranium, we too have our own unique scent that is pleasing to the Lord; one that grows stronger when we walk in obedience to His will. Sometimes God sends a soft breeze wafting across our ‘leaves,’ just enough to gently bend us in the direction He is blowing. Other times He sends a strong blast, bruising leaves and breaking stems, causing those fragrant spices to flow out.

  Walking through that nursery, people can’t miss the aroma of those scented geraniums when someone has brushed against them. The fragrance is powerful and causes a reaction. While some are drawn to it, others will turn away. Our lives should have a similar effect on those around us, if we are bending and moving with the power of God’s hand. Some may not like the fragrance, but they can’t deny it’s existence.

Song of Solomon 4:16 Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits. 

Song of Solomon 6:2 My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies.

2 Corinthians 2:15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish.

Philippians 4:18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God.

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