This morning I found myself on a less than enjoyable run, trying to make it through the workout, feeling less than 100%.  After a long week, my legs were tired, back was sore, breath was short, and between the hills near my house and the summer heat in May, it was all I could do to keep myself from returning home to my bed. 

As I closed in on the first mile of a four mile run, I was overwhelmed by the sweet aroma of honeysuckle growing near the road.  This is a smell from my childhood that elicits memories of good times and stress free summer days at play.  It was as if all the pain and discomfort in my body disappeared, for just a moment, as the scent of the honeysuckle overcame me.

As a Christian, I find the aroma of the Lord and His presence, also a source of great comfort and strength.  It is as if He penetrates my soul and offers me what I need to make it through whatever struggle I am currently in.  I find the aroma of my Lord available throughout the day in the form of words from a friend, hugs from a child, the beauty of God's creation, and though His Word and Spirit. 

I can not always tell you when I come upon this sweet presence, but I can tell you that I am always in search for it.  It seems like the only thing that keeps it from me is the world's distractions.  Sometimes God's presence is hard to detect when I am preoccupied with other senses that often distract me from the sweet aroma of my Lord, one that can not be duplicated, nor will ever have the same effect.

Psalms 29:2, "Ascribe to the LOrd the glory due to His name;  Worship the Lord in holy array."


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