Isn’t it funny how we remember certain places by what they smelled like? My grandmother’s house always smelled like good food and well water. Her kitchen was huge and it was the place people lingered and talked about politics, weather, people, the Cincinnati Reds and The Lord. I am certain the walls of that kitchen absorbed lots of laughter, but also some tears and heartache as well. My grandmother lost a child, a husband and good crops to drought or bug storms, I think those walls would say that through what they absorbed that here lived a woman who laughed and wept…who worried and trusted… and in the end knew an incredible peace through adversity because of her faith in her Lord. I can also guarantee you that if you walked into my grandmother’s house you never left hungry. Even long after she had the ability to bake peach dumplings and chicken and noodles, she made sure she had a big box of Russell Stover chocolates resting on top of the deep freeze in her kitchen….” just in case someone dropped by”. She was a woman who always believed in the best of anyone, and if I had to think of words to describe her I would say she was grace-filled and gracious.
Isaiah 30: “O people of Zion who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. He will be Gracious if you ask for help. He will respond to the sound of your cries”.
The word gracious is defined as being merciful, compassionate, and kind. God is gracious with you. He responds. He is merciful, compassionate and kind. The walls of my heart and my mind know this. They’ve absorbed His goodness and faithfulness in my life. I need to remind myself that He is gracious when I ask for help. I need to remind myself that He responds to my cries. My sin-soaked, desperate world needs to know my grace-filled redeemer. “Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and those who are perishing…..to those who are being saved, we are a life-giving perfume…” 2 Corinthians 2:15-16. Remember that God is grace-filled and gracious. Remember that He hears the sound of your cries. Pray that the presence of The Lord makes your life a “life-giving” fragrance.