If you were to describe your life’s fragrance, what would it be? How would the people in your life describe it? Like a rose? A lily? Stinkweed? (Sorry!)
“Awake, north wind, and come, south wind!
Blow on my garden,
That its fragrance may spread abroad.”
Song of Songs 4:16
The “Song of Songs” book of the Bible is a very sensual book. (OK…how many of you have just put it on the top of your reading list?!) It is full of examples of all five senses. The writer here, a woman in love, focuses on the sense of smell. She invites a process that will change her life.
The process of capturing the fragrance of flowers involves cutting . . . crushing . . . drying to a crisp . . . burning, and a lot of waiting for the fragrance to be extracted from its beautiful flower. That process sounds like a lot of “pain” and “dying”, and “waiting”, doesn’t it? But in the end, the very essence of that flower is captured. It is then that it can be shared with others, and spread.
From my high window, looking over a park and strong, steady river, I now see hints of Autumn, with the subtly changing colors of leaves. The coolness in the air is coming from the North. Yet, the South Wind still breathes over my garden, and the flowers still bloom. Their fragrance is at its finest, as if they know their blossoms will soon be gone, and with them, their fragrance.
What fragrance do people catch from you? Your life? Do they wish they could “bottle” you? Or cork you? The process of capturing the fragrance of flowers involves cutting . . . crushing . . . drying to a crisp . . . burning, and patiently waiting for the fragrance to be extracted from its beautiful flower.
May we sense what our Creator-Gardener is working in our lives to draw from us a beautiful fragrance that is not only a delight to the people whose lives we touch, but may our Gardener be pleased and proud.