Consider (not sniffing) the lilies

Lilies are beautiful. Their fragrance is delightful. Their fragrance is heavy. Their fragrance gives me a headache. Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing.

I had this amazing candle once; its scent was blood orange and bergamot. I’m sure you’re thinking right now, what in the heck does that smell like? Let me tell you, it was incredible, a really unique and pleasant scent… to me.

However, Lynn came home that evening and began coughing a little, then he told me his throat felt constricted, then his face got red and started to swell up. My pretty candle had created an anaphylactic situation for him. Not pretty.

What may be heaven-on-earth to me, might be hell-on-earth to you.

We are all unique and different, and God made us. God made us! In His infinite wisdom, which I will never quite understand this side of Heaven, He made us the way we are. He made me like blood orange and bergamot, he made Lynn like something else.

But neither of us is wrong.

Psalm 139:14 says we are fearfully and wonderfully made, and God didn’t make mistakes when He created us. God didn’t make mistakes anywhere, but we sure do. And we make messes in our lives that may seem unfixable, insurmountable, but they are not. God is able… more than able to fix our messes, to pick us up, dust us off, and send us on our way, if we will only ask.

No matter what situation might be going on in our lives, God is able to make it right, God is able to work it out. And He can work it out in a way we never expected. And He wants to… because He loves us. His love is so much bigger than we can imagine. If He can make the scent of an earthly flower powerful enough to smell up an entire house, can you imagine what He is capable of doing for you and me?

He clothed the lilies in beauty and gave them the richest fragrance, and they are mere vegetation! We are made in His own image, we are His beloved children.

God can soothe our wounds and clothe us in beauty, and He wants to, but we have to reach out to Him. God is a gentleman, He will not intrude upon a situation where He is not invited, so invite Him into your garden. Ask your Father for help.

God, you are welcome in all my secret rooms.

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