This was a fun Garden Blessings Coloring Book page to color. It made me think of spring, cheerful colors, chirping birds, and my favorite early blooming flowers... especially those that tickle my nose with their fragrant delight... lilacs being my favorite!
We are all attracted to things that smell good, aren't we? But I have discovered that certain things that smell really sweet to me can be almost repulsive to others... such as my favorite Stargazer Lilies! In fact, some of my friends, not only don't like the smell, but even the fragrance of their potent blooms as it fills the air can make them physically sick. So sad.
But the same is true with the sweet fragrance of Christ.
When we give our lives to Christ and allow Him to live in us and through us... we will... or at least should... smell like Jesus in the world. The more sold-out we are... the sweeter the smell. First to God. Then to those around us. Wherever we live... wherever we go... the fragrance of Christ fills the atmosphere. Sweet like lilacs to those who are being saved and... maybe more like Stargazer Lilies among those who are perishing... especially those with serious allergic reactions to Christlikeness. Some will run. Some will hide. Some will become angry that we even wafted our fragrance in their direction. I've seen a few of those in my day and it's not pretty.
So coloring this page has made me think personally about my life and how I smell. Not just outwardly to other people... because we can fake that if we need to. But it made me think about how I am called the fragrance of Christ to God first and foremost. So I thought about how I smell inwardly where only God can see and get a sniff... my heart, my attitudes, and my motives in doing good. I don't want to smell good just so the world will like me... but I want my aroma to be sweet because my heart is right and because I want Jesus to be able to make Himself known to those around me... as He lives in me and through me... through my faith, my love and my words.
I do want to smell good... and hopefully sweet... but I know I'm not perfect by far so on those days when I have pity parties or am short with my husband or frustrated in traffic... I know I stink. But God knows my heart. And He hears my prayers... and forgives me when I realize I've stunk and I'm sorry. I don't want to stink and He knows it. And He knows neither do you. But we just do sometimes. And that's why "Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice of God." He was the first, and most beautiful, sweet-smelling fragrance to God... and because of Him we can be too. I love this!
I'm sure by now you've heard how coloring can be very therapeutic... but for many of us, especially as believers in Christ, we know that coloring is not just about fun color palettes, layering techniques, and lowering our blood pressure, is it? Although we love those blessings that coloring can give us... we know that it's even more profitable... in the same respect as Bible Journaling... when we enjoy our coloring as a precious time of drawing closer to God, hearing His voice through the words on the page, and allowing the truth of whatever verse we're coloring to touch our hearts and make us think about who God is, who we are to Him, and what He desires for our lives. And I hope that's what coloring is for you.
The "Fragrance of God" coloring page I colored here, can be found in the Garden Blessings Coloring Book as a digital download here or the print version here.
Sending love and God-hugs your way...