I am often struck by how often Jesus taught using natural imagery that everyone could understand. Recently, I have been taught spiritual lessons by a couple of natural experiences.
At this time of year, whenever I open my bedroom window, or go on the covered patio, I am greeted with the scent of jasmine. It is a truly wonderful smell. It makes me stop for a moment just to take in another breath and realise how good it is to be able to appreciate this.
It reminds me of the passage in Revelation 8 where the prayers of the saints are.
incense which God smells. I imagine God being even more pleased with the scent of prayers than I am with the scent of jasmine. That encourages me to pray more.
At this special time of year, when we think of what God has planned for us, what Jesus has done for us and what the Holy Spirit accomplishes through us, we should be particularly prayerful with overflowing joy.
A neighbour of mine has a houseboat on a Lake in Northern California. Unhappily, the houseboat is now a distance from the water because of the drought. That made me think of the situation that we can experience from time to time when we should be in the deep water that Jesus offers freely (John 4:14 and 7:38) but we sometimes find ourselves on dry land. Can it be that we have stopped the flow of God’s blessings and feel spiritually dry?
Perhaps if we become more prayerful, remembering how God loves the scent of our prayers, we will discover that the water of God’s blessings will once again flow and we will not be spiritually parched.
Easter is a wonderful time to rejoice in what God has done for us. It is a time to praise God for many gifts and a time to look around and see God’s provision for us in all things.
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