But thanks be to God, who always leads us in 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. (2 Corinthians 2:14-15)
What is one of your favorite smells?
Which sense (sight, smell, taste, hearing, touch) do you use the most? Which one do you overlook the most?
What senses are involved in a favorite memory?
When we open that new box of crayons, it’s not just what we see but what we smell. Take a deep breath with your memory. Can you imagine the smell? Crayons are made to color, and color is something we see. But we experience colors along with other senses. Think of various colors and what they remind you of, then consider the sensory experience that goes along with the colors? Red? Brown? Yellow? Green? Orange? Purple? Blue? Black? Peach?
Some smells are beautiful. Some are horrible. Some are fleeting. Some seem to get into the core of us. But all work together to make the experience what it is. Sometimes we have to overcome a bad smell in order to deal with the trash of our lives. It won’t go away if we just leave it alone. Sometimes bad smells warn us. Sometimes smells remind us of things we don’t want to remember, but those memories help us overcome fear and doubt. God heals us through the experience. Sometimes the pleasant smells attract us to things that aren’t good for us after all. Appearances can be deceiving. Our personal preference isn’t what determines if something is good or bad. God does that.
God gave us our senses to experience the world. We might have poor eyesight, even color-blindness, loss of hearing, or changing tastes, but God knows how we’re experiencing every single thing, every single moment. He knows how it’s going to impact us. He knows how it is going to challenge and encourage us to grow. So, don’t limit yourself to one or two senses. Open yourself up to it all. Yes, you’ll feel vulnerable at times, but allowing God to mold you into His masterpiece demands vulnerability. You can trust Him.
Use your five senses right now. What do you see? Smell? Hear? Taste? Feel? Take 15-20 seconds for each sense. How does each contribute to the experience right now? How can it be overwhelming? Ask God to enhance your life through the senses He gave you. Ask Him to make you more sensitive to your surroundings throughout the day. Thank Him for caring for you enough to gift you with the ability to experience the world (and Him) in more than one way.