A yelp came
from the backyard, and when my brother-in-law went to see what had occurred his
white Samoa was running toward him.
Before realizing what had happened his dog jumped into his arms and the
cause of the dog’s consternation became evident – she had engaged a skunk. The odor was nauseating, and now it had been
transferred to him.
the dog outside and promptly went to the store to buy tomato juice, with its
promise to take away the smell.
rushed through the store, not wanting to linger any longer than he had to, but
was met with a long line at the check out counter.
People’s faces began to contort as they tried
to figure out where the smell was coming from, and it eventually became evident
that the man at the end of the line was its source.
Weighing their desire to get through the line
quickly with a greater desire to be relieved of the smell they all moved out of
the way to let Darrel buy his tomato juice and exist the store.
the dog through the house and into the bathroom where he soaked her with tomato
As her sad eyes met his the
common bond of a bad aroma made Darrel smile.
The dog’s white fur and the red tomato mixed to create a pink Samoa, and
the new color was a reminder of the horrific experience.
funny creatures; they are repelled by the smell of a skunk but are drawn to,
and will roll in, the body of a dead animal.
To me there isn’t much difference in the repelling nature of the smells,
but for my little dachshund it is like the sweet fragrance of honey suckle.
is described as both a sweet and a repelling fragrance.
When the body of Christ lives out the law of
love the aroma of Christ permeates the air.
Everyone sees the knowledge of Him, and for those who are being called
by the father it is the sweet smell of life.
When I first went to the Youth Group at First Baptist Church in Lutz,
Florida, I wasn’t repelled by what I saw; instead I was drawn by God’s grace
and the knowledge of what I was learning about him.
However, that isn’t the case for
There are those who want
nothing to do with Christ or with the church.
They are anti-Christian and not only do they shun the faith, but they
are openly antagonistic.
To them the
church stinks; it is an aroma of death and dying.
They don’t understand why we would roll in
the cause of Christi’s death and resurrection, and it is repelling to them.
“But thanks be to God, who always leads us
in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge
of Him in every place. 15 For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among
those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; 16 to the
one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life.”
I love the
church because it is the fragrance of God to a dying world.
It is the expression of God’s forgiveness to
one another and draws those who God is saving.
I’m just saying… (Continued).