Happy Friday Everyone!
Friday, wow! The end of another work week, school week, stress week, happy week, lame wee– you get the point. Anyway, you made it! Congrats.
This week has been a blur; crazy, hectic, bizarre, insane, etc. But at the end of the day it’s been good, especially since it has given me a pretty cool thought (*insert title*).
I was sitting at my desk when I thought about the fact that I could not smell my perfume. Random, I know, but that’s common with me. So – I thought, “why would I wear perfume if I couldn’t smell it? I mean, I don’t truly know if it smells good – why does it matter if I wear it? It’s not making me feel better, doesn’t clear up my stuffy nose.. so what’s the point?” Well, I know that my perfume smells good when my nose isn’t stuffy, which means it doesn’t change when it is stuffy. My senses may change but that doesn’t change the consistency of how the perfume smells. People around me smell it and say, “mmm, how nice”, whether I SMELL it or not.
Then the thought crossed my mind “we do this with God all the time”. How? Well, we’re doing great, everything’s fine. We have all of our friends and family near by and happy. A great job, awesome church, and we’re making ends meet easily. We don’t have a “stuffy nose” and everything smells GREAT! God smells great because WE are great. Then…the car stops running and you land in the hospital for a few months. Then, to make matters worse, your best friends tell you that God obviously is punishing you, so you need to repent. But you’re sure you haven’t done ANYTHING. But wait! Then your spouse or significant other says, “Curse God and die.” But you can’t. You remember the smell of Greatness even when you can’t smell it.
Or.. maybe it’s not this drastic, maybe it’s just – your best friend moves and you don’t see them all the time, then have half of your youth group or some of your church family backslide and you’re alone, or maybe you just FEEL alone. No amount of prayer seems to make any of this easier – you have a “stuffy nose”. Why pray if it’s not working? Why believe in a God that doesn’t seem to care? Why live your life for him if it’s not helping YOU? Because people are always watching. They see you go through rough patches and notice that, even though it’s hard, you still “smell” good. Spiritually you’re a light because you have stayed close to Him even though you can’t smell or feel or hear a thing. Even when you have a “stuffy nose”.
I hope this has encouraged you today. God is always there, even when we don’t think He is. Remember the smells of the good times and keep on the straight and narrow, good times will be back.