A Pleasing, Sweet Aroma
by Dianne Barker
One of my favorite childhood memories is the yummy scent coming from the kitchen, alerting me that Mom had something sweet baking in the oven—apple pie, pineapple upside-down cake, cinnamon-raisin muffins.
My mom loved her family and friends with food. If she visited a relative, she always took an abundance of goodies. When she had an appointment with her hairdresser, she carried a basket of freshly baked muffins.
After marrying during college, I often visited my parents when I had a break from classes, since they lived just a couple miles from the campus. I’d call Mom to let her know when to expect me.
“Do not bake anything!” I pleaded. “I’m on a diet. I will not eat!” When I entered her kitchen, the aroma of delicious muffins dripping with butter blasted my resolve. I ate, savoring every bite. And of course, Mom packed a bunch of them for me to take home and share with hubby.
The sweet aroma from her baking—an expression of love—brought much pleasure.
Throughout Leviticus and Numbers, God gave the Israelites detailed instructions for preparing burnt offerings for purification and fellowship—declaring them a sweet aroma pleasing to Him.
In Romans 12:1, Paul urges believers, “In view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.”
He also wrote, “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing” (2 Corinthians 2:14-15).
What a privilege we have to spread the sweet fragrance of Christ, offering our lives and love as a pleasing aroma, bringing satisfaction to our Father’s heart.
Dianne Barker is a speaker, radio host, and author of 11 books, including the bestselling Twice Pardoned and award-winning I Don’t Chase the Garbage Truck Down the Street in My Bathrobe Anymore! Organizing for the Maximum Life. She’s a member of Christian Authors Network, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and Word Weavers International. Visit www.diannebarker.com.