The Spice Cabinet

0 comments Posted on August 26, 2016

Dianne Barkerby Dianne Barker

A favorite childhood memory is my mother’s spice cabinet—a nibbler’s delight.

The tantalizing aroma attracted me, a blend of spices—cinnamon, nutmeg, clove. There were assorted bottles of flavoring—vanilla, almond, coconut.

In this cabinet, Mother also kept her special baking supplies—raisins, chocolate, brown sugar, pecans, marshmallows, maraschino cherries, and vanilla wafers. I couldn’t resist a taste now and then.

The spice cabinet reminds me of a believer’s influence in the world.

In the Old Testament, burnt offerings (a sacrifice to atone for sin) were a significant part of worship for God’s people, the Israelites. Numerous Scriptures describe the offering as “an aroma pleasing to the Lord.”

Notice this. “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 NIV).

I Don't Chase the Garbage Truck (Tentative)Isn’t that a precious picture? As we spend our lives, the sweet aroma of Christ envelops us and releases the fragrance everywhere we travel, to everyone we meet, in everything we do.

Our “spice cabinet” overflows with the delicious aroma of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control (fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23).

Without our saying a word, the fragrance may attract others to the source, inviting them to “taste and see that the LORD is good” (Psalm 34:8).

Anyone who watches the daily news knows reality can be depressing. In this arena, we just keep spreading the fragrance of hope, optimism, encouragement, and contentment found in the irresistible Christ.

What’s in your cabinet?

Dianne Barker is a speaker, radio host, and author of 11 books, including the best-selling 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 Christian Women in Media. Visit


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