Making Sense

Walking at sunrise to avoid the searing heat of the day, I brushed against a dewy juniper hedge, releasing its spicy fragrance.  Next, I passed a large clump of rosemary and crushed a few sprigs in my hand as I walked. Giving God thanks for the sweet aroma and my sense of smell, I thought about how often I take my senses for granted.

Isolated sprigs of fresh Rosemary, one with flowers. Shallow depth of field.

It’s never wise to take our blessings for granted, whether inborn characteristics, learned talents, or circumstances. Complacency leads to inertia and we fail to develop our gifts or take advantage of the opportunities we are given.

When it comes to the sense of smell, we have a choice whether to mostly expose ourselves to locations yielding unpleasant odors or to surround ourselves with delightful aromas. We can walk in gardens, keep our homes clean and our garments fresh, or we can allow garbage and filth to overflow in our lives.

We have the same choice with all our senses to one degree or another. We can choose what we look at, listen to and think about, as the Scripture says: 

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. – Philippians 4:8
This is especially true in today’s chaotic world.  While we can’t bury our heads in the sand and ignore what is around us, once we have done all that is in our power, we need to resist despondency and bitterness and think on the manifold blessings which still surround us.

About Jonna Hawker Turek

I write Christian fiction under my maiden name, J.B. Hawker.
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1 Response to Making Sense

  1. Terri Hawker says:

    This is very timely for me !

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