The word picture was not lost on me. God reminded me today of what I caught a hint of Sunday at church. There is a change in the air....there is a wind bringing a fresh spirit and child-like wonder to the people there. During our corporate prayer time, people can come to the front to pray, while the praise team sings. It is always a sweet thing to see....people coming 'to the altar', laying down a burden or picking up a charge from God or lifting up their voice for someone else in need. Sunday as the song began, I sat down, leaned forward with my elbows on my lap to do a little repenting and laying down of burdens, when something happened that was very cool.
As I sat there with my eyes closed, I kept feeling a swirl of wind around me. People were coming forward to pray and I could feel the brush of wind as they passed by. And I thought of the Spirit, swirling around us and drawing us to God's feet in prayer or in surrender. As some passed, I smelled the scent of their perfume, each scent different from the others, yet very nice...very pleasing..... and I thought of the sweet smelling fragrance we are to those who are open to the Gospel.
Then Charles got up to teach out of Mark 6 and he talked about how Jesus encountered limitations in His ministry....the God of the Universe....limited? Yep....by apathy and lack of faith (in His own hometown in verses 1-6), by His being confined (by His own choice) to one human body (He needed the disciples to help minister and spread the Word, verses 6b-13), and by those who had so much familiarity with the story and like King Herod (verses 14-16), that they were no longer impressed....they were unaffected by it.
So I am seeing it like this:
Either we can be a part of the fresh wind, the new season, that can bring about a refreshing, fragrant change in our world with child-like wonder and sense of expectation tuned in to God....or we can sit back and not care, not go and tell, not seek Him, but ignore it because we've heard it a hundred times. Because does it really matter, and will I really make a bit of difference?
When I sat there during corporate prayer on Sunday, I was blessed by the people who were being drawn. I could feel something changing for the better. And I want to be a part of the 'fragrance of the knowledge of Him to those who are being saved'.
The fragrance of Life, the 'knowledge of Him'....let it swirl around in your atmosphere....let it bless those who are open to the Gospel. And don't take it personally if it occassionally reminds some of the smell of death.....because they are rejecting it. Our job is just to let it swirl and set it out there. God will do the rest.