Spring winds carry hints of wisteria, jasmine, and honeysuckle. Luring scents envelope the garden lover, encapsulated in the fragrant cocoon. Nourished by sweet floral moments, the devotee lingers long among the intricate specimens of beauty. Their drawing power as irresistible as life itself. Savoring the Master Gardener’s simplicity, each deep breath offered humbly and reverently. Quiet gentle breezes whispering, “In quietness and trust shall be your strength.”
Each bloom uniquely sculpted as a piece of pristine art. Melodies of color, texture, and shapes tenderly fashioned by the Creator’s hands. Silencing a broken heart or healing a wounded spirit, flowers breathe life into a weary soul. Flowers are unpretentious, uncomplicated, and their regal simplicity as heaven sent (scent). The ancient mystery of their intoxicating control and sensual influence, a pleasurable experience for the yielding receiver, satisfying deep yearnings of the soul.
Just ask any avid gardener about buds and blossom’s addictive influences. Deep within each tiller of soil lays a floral abandonment, an absorbing engagement with dirt and plant. With adrenalin coursing their veins, dirt embedded beneath their nails, and the earthy scent permeating their saturated clothes, each gardener triumphantly wipes the dripping
perspiration from their glistening face. Their flowery showpiece displayed and temptingly presented for all to view.
Despite our impression of beautiful, fragrant flowers emitting heavenly scents, there are some specimens in the floral community that have the opposite affect. Take for instance the foul-smelling, star-shaped carrion Stapelia. Prostrating beneath the multitude of these deceptively striking 8 to 10-inch blooms one morning, the stench from this spineless, sprawling succulent was nauseating. Masquerading as rotting flesh, the soft white hairs on the reddish-brown petals ensnare flies and maggots into their death tomb. Both photographer and fly hunted and lured into a cloak of deception.
As seen, flowers emit a distinctive odor whether pleasant or repulsive. In the same way, Paul told us in II Corinthians 2:14-16 that Christ also emits a distinct fragrance. “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in His triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. …”
May these weekly blog posts be written and presented as a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, and a well-pleasing (offering) to God, a nutrient-rich soil dedicated as an expression of gratitude and thanksgiving. Philippians 4:18b
The color white is an indication of purity, expressing a touch of heaven and beauty. A purifying, perfecting affect on an open heart yielded to its influence. A few expressions of heaven’s scents follow:
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