Young children have a way of speaking truth. Life hasn't turned them callus or made them self-conscious. They just let it fly. Sometimes, parents can be mortified by the truth of a child's words, and other times, it can become a devotional like today.
I recently took a trip to visit my grandchildren out of state. The youngest one who just turned seven said some funny stuff while I was there. One day, when I rode along in the car to pick this grandson up from school, he got in the car and closed the door behind him. Then he blurted out, "It smells like Grandma in here."
I laughed and asked, "Is that a good smell or a bad smell?"
He replied, "It's a grandma smell."
My son quickly tried to smooth things over when he said, “I think he's talking about your perfume, Mom."
Humm? I decided not to press the subject.
The scripture says that our praise is like a sweet-smelling sacrifice to God, but when we rub-up against the Lord through worship something amazing happens. We take on the aroma, smell of His presence.
The Song of Solomon, is an allegory of God's love for Israel and the love of the Lord for we, His Bride (The Church). So, when we read the words spoken between the two lovers in this book, we can imagine that it is Christ and the Church speaking to one another.
The Bride (that's us) said this about the groom (that's Christ), There is a fragrances about You, the sound of Your name recalls it. No woman could keep from loving You. (Song of Solomon 1:3 GNT)
In says, Our lives are a fragrance presented by Christ to God… a life-giving perfume. This verse tells us that when we come into His presence our lives are affected by His aroma.
When I think back to my grandson's statement, "It smells like Grandma in here." I'm gonna take that as a compliment. Spiritually speaking, wherever I go and whoever I meet, I hope I leave all around me that life-giving perfume of Christ.
When we are in the presence of the Lord through worship, prayer and the Word--His sweet smell rubs off on us. We pick up that sweet fragrance of Christ which is a life-giving perfume to others.
So...How do you smell?