Smells. There aren’t many smells in America. Comparatively, we live in a non-smelly environment. This is not the reality for folks in other countries. Having travelled in India and Kathmandu and having lived in Southeast Asia for several years, I can attest to this with first-nose experience. Delicious, fragrant fruits, open sewers, tropical flowers, open meat markets, chickens everywhere, and open air homes can deliver sensory overload to the nose.
Today I am spending with my mom in the hospital. I have been noticing all the odors associated with sterile, medical, hospital-ness. It is an anti-bacterial environment. But there are still smells.We spent the afternoon going over her life story. It was an afternoon full of questions. She was patient and willing to talk. I just kept asking and listening and trying to hear about her life as if for the first time so I wouldn’t miss anything.
The subject of memories induced by smell came up, and I was back to thinking of the smells around us. This place feels very far away from other places I have “smelled.”
Last Sunday, our pastor mentioned Ephesians 5:2 “Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.” I am pondering now…what does my life smell like to God?
What does your life smell like to God?
PS Her hair is still soft. 🙂
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