Fall is in a category all by herself.
The sights, sounds and scents hardly compare to any other season for me.
She is simply glorious.
From the very first hint of cinnamon and nutmeg we know she has arrived.
We know that change is coming with all the beauty that unfolds around us. The crisp autumn air, the beautiful store displays, the change in the menu at our favorite restaurant.
Even the leaves serenade us with their gorgeous colors. Oh and the pumpkins! I can hardly contain myself once the Cinderella pumpkin makes her debut at the local farmers market.
I have a thing for all things seasonal. Especially those beautiful aromas that cause the memories to come flooding back into my heart. Spoken by a woman who thinks that there is no greater fragrance on earth than apple pie and newborn babies.
I am reminded today, as the season begins to change, of the most significant fragrance of all.
We are called the be the fragrance of Christ.
“Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.” ~Ephesians 5:1-2
And there are days when we have all burned the apple pie of friendship and days when our spiritual cinnamon rolls did not rise to the occasion.
I’ve had many.
But these days are part of our process in becoming more like Him.
I try not to despise the process…..
And I am so grateful that no matter what I can sit and breathe in the aroma of forgiveness and the gift of mercy and grace each and every morning.
His fragrance is tried, tested and true.
I try to remind myself daily of these simple truths. I’ve walked through my own very long winter season over the last twelve months. It seems that I skipped Spring and Summer entirely as Winter overstayed her welcome this year.
I am ready for my personal Fall.
I am ready to receive from The One who specializes in seasonal displays of splendor.
He has promised me that…..
It’s all about to change.
It’s not over.
Eye has not seen.
Ear has not heard.
There is a recompense coming.
He has not forgotten.
There is healing for the broken places.
Oh the broken places. He’s so good with those.
Places that ache where no one but the Father knows the width and depth of it all.
I am learning to trust Him with the deeper places. The places that have been crushed.
And I try to remember that the fragrance always comes after the crushing and it is the crushing that produces change.
Just for today sit before Him with your broken places and breathe in His magnificent aroma. Taste and see that the Lord is good and soak in the fragrance of change that is yours this Fall sweet friend.
“Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.” ~ 2 Corinthians 2:14
By Sibi, Pearls and Grace