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Aroma of God

A few weeks ago I started thinking about the Aroma of God. Often it is hard for me to think of a smell being anything more than an odor, but this time it gave me comfort.  After only being back in Bangkok for a week without Jana, I suddenly realized the uniqueness of Jana’s aroma on her pillow.  Before going to sleep the first night back without Jana, I rolled over on her side of the bed, and grabbed her pillow.  The scent of Jana’s pillow filled my nostrils and gave me comfort; much in the way a child is comforted by the fragrance of a mother.  As I reflected on this concept, I started realizing the importance of aroma and our relationship with God.  I think about how often I cry out to God and just the hint of his aroma brings comfort to my soul.  The fragrance of God is everywhere, if we would only take time to smell it.

“But thanks be to God who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and who makes known through us the fragrance that consists of the knowledge of him in every place”

It has now been several days since Jana left and her pillow is starting to lose its fragrance. Unfortunately the pillow is losing its fragrance because she has been gone for so long.  I think the same is true in regards to our relationship with God.  I believe many of us no longer smell his presence because we are simply not spending time with him.  I often miss God’s fragrance because I am not close enough to Him to smell it.  If we are too busy to “stop and smell God” then we should not be upset when his comforting fragrance is absent from our life.  Jana’s pillow would be absent of her comforting fragrance if she never slept in the same bed as me.  We cannot be upset when we cannot smell the aroma of God if we never have the time to spend with Him.  Take a few moments this week to seek God’s aroma. I truly believe if we invite the presence of God into our daily lives, then His aroma will always be with us throughout our struggles and victories.

Jack Barr

Jack and Jana Barr are missionaries in Bangkok, Thailand. Before their first date, they both knew God was calling them to serve overseas. After completing their undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees they flew to Bangkok for the first time. For the past ten years they have served God by teaching at the International Community School in Bangkok, Thailand. Jack and Jana did not know God would use their daughter Marley, to forever alter their life plan while living overseas. Marley was born with Down syndrome and that event sent Jack crashing into a sea of depression. “I could not overcome the question of, Why us God”? Since that day, Jack and Jana have rerouted their plan to align with God’s plan. They started, If They Had A Voice, an awareness campaign that focuses on Down syndrome abortions. Their story has been featured on CNN, CNN Mexico, Life Action News, and The Insight Channel.

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