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Love Smells.

In Christ, fragrance, garden, God, Jesus, love, marriage on May 1, 2009 at 6:14 pm

Breathe.

That’s the one-word advice I give to newly engaged couples.

Breathe when things get tense.  Breathe when everything around you stinks. Breathe when the inevitable storms of life threaten your dreams.

Catch wind of her scent when everything she says and does confuses you.  Take a deep whiff of those roses he brings home when everything he doesn’t say and doesn’t do hurts you.

I’m sure God had couples in mind when he planted the first flowers.  He knew, as we now know, that marriage gets challenging after the honeymoon.  He also knew that the simple act of breathing can harness the tongue and allow love’s aroma to prevail when all else reeks.

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God knew that the force of fragrance could penetrate the heart even when the curtains are drawn on the windows of the eye and the passageway of the ear is plugged by stubborn selfishness.

It is no wonder then, that God began his plans for the first couple’s wedding in a garden.  In fact, he spent five days designing their first home (with the Lord a day is like a thousand years, 2 Peter 3:8 NIV).

After laying the foundation and installing the plumbing; after making sure everything was in good working order and all was mathematically correct, God became frivolous. When it was time to decorate, he flamboyantly carpeted and dressed their home with exquisite trimmings of every kind – crowning it with an endless array of breathtaking blossoms.

But God doesn’t get frivolous without a purpose.  His flowers were to play a vital role in love’s timeless message.  There, hidden in the frail and vulnerable petals, God placed power – power that could force the stench of hate and bitterness out of our cities, our homes and our hearts.

Shortly after their wedding, the first couple made a devastating choice.  Though that choice separated them from the Lover of their soul, God knew love was not in danger of extinction.  His fragrant presence was restored through a flower – the Rose of Sharon, the Lily of the Valley – Jesus Christ, his only Son.

Love took on the fragrance of death, he shed his blood and though the stench of the world’s sins hung on his flesh and God had to look away, Death’s decay gave way to the sweetest smell on earth – redemption.

So breathe.

Breathe God’s frivolous love when you can’t see a way out.  Breathe when your hearing is impaired by lies from the god of self.  Breathe his salvation into your soul by saying, “I do” to him at the altar of your heart – and may the fragrance of his love always fill your home.