This morning before work I made gluten-free apple crisp. The best part was “Take about 5 minutes and thoroughly toss, rubbing the butter throughout the dry ingredients with your fingers until it clumps together.” First of all, 5 minutes sounded a long time. But it went by seriously fast. Basically, this served as intense lotion, the brown sugar softening my hands and the butter moisturizing. All throughout the day I would smell my hands – authentic apple crisp! Bath & Body Works is no match.
It is not often that I bake in the morning. Or use my hands to bake in the morning. But today, I was pondering how the scent stuck with me almost until dinner and the softness of my hands through a few washes. This same effect is the reason I have time with Jesus in the morning. I knead the Word! I need to take time to soak up the fragrance of Christ to stay fresh and welcoming to others during the day.
“But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing” (2 Cor 2:14-15).