DayBreaks for 4/21/11 – The Smell of Eternity

DayBreaks for 04/21/11 – The Smell of Eternity

For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite. – Isaiah 57:15

The following was written by an unknown Christian woman: “It was a day when the threat of rain hung in the air.  I drove up to a drive-through market in Stony Brook, Long Island, to buy milk and was waited on by a man wearing a turban.  Handing me my change through the car window, he said, with the trace of an Indian accent, “Ah!  The smell of eternity is in the air.”

I was impressed, assuming his mystical words were either the Indian equivalent of “It feels like rain,” or a philosophical observation akin to “The end is near.”  I smiled politely and said nothing.

But he continued, “Eternity,” he repeated.  “Aren’t you wearing Calvin Klein Eternity perfume?”

This is a funny story, but it illustrates several key things for us:

FIRST: things aren’t always what they seem – as the disciples found out on a Sunday morning 2000 years ago.

SECOND: up until Jesus rose from the dead, a far different scent permeated the air of this planet – the smell of death.  It hung heavy over all of humanity like a second skin, one that couldn’t be washed off of peeled away.  But on Easter morning, the scent of eternity burst forth from a tomb near Jerusalem and has filled not only the air but our hearts ever since.

THIRD: as each day passes, the scent of eternity should grow more and more pronounced.  Time is passing, my friends…and each day pulls us that much closer to the dawning of our eternity.  We must make proper preparations for it!

FOURTH: I would hope that as we traverse the ridges and valleys of this life that the scent of eternity around us grows stronger and that we’ll share it with others.

PRAYER: Lord, you are beautiful!  Let us reflect your beauty and bear your loveliness to the nations and those who surround us!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

COPYRIGHT 2011, Galen C. Dalrymple  ><}}}”>

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