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|Rain Brings Out the Fragrance
|Thursday, December 08, 2016|
It was just a small pine bough there on the sidewalk. But I was obliged to pick it up and take it to my office.
I have always loved the smell, the look—even the feel of pine trees. It must go back to my childhood at Christmastime. To this day, the smell of a pine tree brings back so many happy memories, and whenever I pass by a Christmas tree lot, I like to stand there and just sniff the air.
My favorite restaurant in the entire world is called White Pines and at home you’ll find a soap bar my wife gave me, whose fragrance is pine.
Every December, I walk by Chicago office buildings festooned with pine branches. Often, I stop and inhale the beauty. But a recent walk in the rain confirmed a theory I have long held. It was drizzling and the smell of cut pine boughs wired to a fence was scrumptious. Somehow, rain brings out the pine smell. I don't know why. I don't know how. I only know that it does.
Rain on Your Party
This Christmas, our hopes are high for family gatherings without strain, shopping without stress (and other highly unrealistic wishes). The truth is it's probably going to rain on your party. Not pretty fluffy snow. Ugly rain. Cold and yucky wetness.
Fragrance in You?
And it may all seem a bit disappointing. But if you know Jesus, the unwanted rain can actually bring out His fragrance in you. As 2 Corinthians 2:15 puts it, “For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.”
When others see the real Jesus lived out in real problems, it makes for a remarkable fragrance in an otherwise stinky world. I don't know exactly why. Or how. I only know that it does.
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