The Fragrance of a Friend {Finding Life :: A 30-Day Challenge}

I first met her at a Bible study in the neighborhood.  “Miss Jean,” as everyone called her, became a dear friend to me and many others there.  Always smiling …always blessing others …always giving a word of encouragement to anyone around her.

On the Sunday morning of my Mama’s funeral, I received a text  that our dear friend, Miss Jean, had passed away.  Her obituary read, “Jean C. Scott has made her transition to glory.”  She was 54.

I was thinking about her again this morning and I found life in the beautiful life she shared with us while here on this earth.  She loved deeply, forgave regularly,  and loved Jesus passionately.   There was nothing gloom and doom about her whatsoever.  Her life was marked by encouragement — in word and in song — as she faithfully followed God with all of her heart.

As one of my dear African-American friends, she leaned over during Bible study one day and said, “You may be white, but you’re black to us.”   I’ll forever  love that line!  I knew what she meant.  We had crossed a cultural boundary line and had entered into each other’s lives in a way that real friends experience.  Life!

Whenever she entered a room, her presence brought joy and sunshine.  The Holy Spirit bubbled up from within her and brought life wherever she went.  The fragrance of Jesus was strong in her.

 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. 

II Corinthians 2:14 NKJV

I miss her but I know she would want me to tell you this …

“Death is swallowed up in victory.
 O death, where is your victory?
    O death, where is your sting?”

“For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power.  
But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

I Corinthians 15:54-56 (NLT)

Victory.  Triumph. Death is defeated.  Jesus gave His life to seal that victory forever for those who put their trust in Him.  Life!

But Miss Jean lived in the promise of God’s triumph over the grave before she experienced it.

To her, every day was a day to bless others and walk in the light of Jesus.  Every day was an opportunity to spread the life-giving fragrance her precious Savior had poured out on her. Every day was a gift to pour the oil of gladness and joy over others through prayer and loving actions.

The promise was never meant to be bottled up here and never used.  It was meant to permeate any place we might find ourselves on any given day …the grocery store …the library …school …church …convenient store …neighborhood …work …playground …doctor’s office …vacation spot …as you walk along the road (or green way) …as you talk in your home …the gym …the office …the bus …the subway …the airplane.

I have a friend who often wears a very distinctive perfume.  After I’ve been with her, I smell just like her.  Her perfume has somehow permeated my own clothes.  Something about us should give off a scent  that we’ve been with Jesus.

It’s not just about  triumphing over death and the grave …It’s also about walking in that triumphal procession with Christ now as He “uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume.”

After all, didn’t God say He has “anointed us to proclaim good news to the poor, bind up the brokenhearted, proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners …to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.” (from Isaiah 61–NIV)

Miss Jean lived that out.  Remembering her today brought life to me.

Today’s Challenge:

  • Let the fragrance of Jesus draw you Home to His heart.
  • Share the fragrance of Jesus wherever you go today.  Everywhere!
  • Where have you found life in the fragrance left by someone else?  Care to share?
  • Be encouraged, dear friend, that God always leads us in triumph in Christ and uses us to spread His fragrance wherever we go.

#Day11 {Finding Life :: A 30-Day Challenge}

Thankful for the Daily Prompt–  Triumph  — that inspired this story.

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