Growing up I always knew Spring had arrived when the grape hyacinths and daffodils started popping up in my mom's flowerbeds. I would pick small bouquets of them to place around my room for as long as they bloomed; so when Jonathan and I bought our House of Dreams last year I was delighted to discover my own flowerbeds full of these dainty blossoms! Even now their heady fragrance brings to mind springtime, open windows, and my childhood home.
Over the past few weeks I've picked small bunches of grape hyacinths, enough to fill several vintage milk bottles scattered throughout the house. I'll be sitting on the couch working on my novel or washing dishes in the kitchen sink when a breeze will blow through the open windows and I'll catch the faintest hint of their fragrance; just enough to make me turn my head, slow down for a minute and breath deeply of their scent. Every time this happens I have thought of the verse in 2 Corinthians that says:
"But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ's triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing."
Does it not thrill you to think that when you live your life as a sacrificial offering, whether it's by washing the dishes or changing yet another dirty diaper or digging wells in Africa, your actions are like a sweet fragrance unto the Lord? That the seemingly small acts of service in your everyday are spreading the essence of Christ the same way the fragrance of these blooms has spread through the air.
To imagine Him bending down to breathe in the sweet scent of my sacrifice and delighting in it the same way I delight in the pure fragrance of flowers on a Spring day has me in awe!
I pray you'll take time to smell the roses...or the hyacinths, or the daffodils...or whatever it may be this week! Pick some sweet blooms and place them throughout your house as a fragrant reminder of the God who delights in you as you seek to serve Him.
He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.