March 15: Stop and Smell the Roses

Updated: Apr 1

Monday of the Fourth Week in Lent

March 15, 2021

We are all familiar with the saying “stop and smell the roses.” It is usually a reminder that we should slow down to enjoy and appreciate life. But, how many of us stop and actually “smell” the roses!

Reflecting on that question led me on a mission to actively and consciously smell the world around me. In doing so, I realized everything, including us, has a distinctive scent or aroma. And, that scent can be perceived differently by different people - pleasant to some and quite malodorous to others.

In 2 Corinthians 2, Paul tells us that even the word of God has a scent like a sweet perfume. And that the fragrance of the gospel is released through us, as we are the sweet scent of Christ in God. Everywhere He leads us, we bring the knowledge of Christ to all as they breathe in the fragrance. To those who accept the word of God, the scent brings life unto life; but for those who refuse God’s word, the scent is like that of death.

God has filled our world with an abundance of different scents – scents that bring us pleasure and others that protect us. However, the most blessed scent is that of His word, which speaks of the victory over sin and death through Christ.

This Lenten season, I pray that wherever God leads us we appreciate the blessings of all the scents we encounter and that the exquisite aroma of God’s word is released through us to bring life to all.

These reflections are meant to challenge us on our journey through Lent. Please feel free to share your thoughts and comments with us.

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