A Sweet-Smelling Fragrance

Trudy Maassen Vander Haar

READ : Psalm 31:1-5, 14-19

Sitting on the patio having my morning devotions one day, I saw the perfect beauty of the yellow rose bush. Some of the roses were in full bloom, a delicate blending of shades of yellow and orange. A couple of blossoms were perfectly shaped, but with their tiny petals still forming a cup. Here and there were tight-closed buds. Each stage was beautiful in its own way. And then I noticed, down to the side, one rose past its prime and beginning to wilt. I felt a bit sad.

The life of the flowers reminded me of the human life cycle. We are all enamored with the beauty of youth and many people are worried about losing their beauty as they grow older. I walked over to pick the wilting blossom and the petals fell into my hand. I lifted my hand and noticed how much fragrance was in those old petals and I was reluctant to throw them away. The petals could continue to give pleasure for a long time after I had thought their beauty was gone.

All of life can be a blessing when we know that God has a plan for it. “Our times are in His hand who saith, `A whole I planned.’ Youth shows but half; trust God; see all, nor be afraid” (Browning). At all ages, “As far as God is concerned there is a sweet wholesome fragrance in our lives. It is the fragrance of Christ within us, an aroma both to the saved and the unsaved all around us” (2 Cor. 2:15, l.b.).


Dear God, help us all of our lives to be a sweet smelling fragrance for You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.