“If hope had a smell, what would it be?”
This is a question someone posed in a podcast a few years ago. My first thought was honeysuckle and gardenia blossoms.
One reminds me of carefree summer days spent in my childhood backyard. The other is like the very fragrance of heaven when I’m out on a morning walk and I breathe in their heady scent.
And I couldn’t help but pinch off one of the last browning gardenia blossoms I saw while I was out walking earlier this week, wondering if it would still smell glorious in its wilted state.
Even though it was no longer releasing a fragrance strong enough for me to notice from the road, when I pulled it in close and breathed in deep … hope. Hints of heaven.
It reminds me of 2 Corinthians 2:15: “For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.” And it made me think of those who might be feeling a bit wilted and withered by the difficult circumstances of life. Or maybe you feel past your prime because of the passing of time.
When the hope of Christ is at the core of you, His is the fragrance that will radiate off of you.
I even thought about how fragrance is often better released when something has been pressed, cut, or crushed. The pungent odor of crushed garlic. The bright scent of freshly cut pine. The sweet oils and perfumes released by the bruising of leaves, stems, and blooms.
Maybe your heart needs to hear this.
Even if you feel like your glory is fading, you can still give off the glorious aroma of Christ. And even if it feels like the enemy is trying to take you out, those wounded places Satan wants to use to destroy you can serve to release the hope of Jesus within you.
If hope had a smell?
I think it would be you, my friend. You as you keep placing all of your hope and trust in Jesus, no matter what comes your way. You as you choose peace and exude joy, even when life hits hard.
You are the aroma of Christ. You leave people wanting to stand close and breathe in deep. And I’m so thankful for the beautiful ways Jesus uses your life to bring a bit of heaven here to earth.