I am very slowly getting over a cold that has stolen my sense of smell for almost the last week. I didn't really miss smells because the most prevalent smell in our home is a repercussion of the weird food our dog has to eat.
Unfortunately, my sense of smell is returning and I too now groan when the dog lets one rip.
Or when someone starts the stove. Or when Dad gargles and then gives me a hug. Or when my sister uses too much perfume.
Suddenly every smell is suffocating. Anything with a scent makes me gag.
Isn't that life with the Holy Spirit? Sometimes you don't realize what you're missing until you have it. And then once the Holy Spirit begins to change your life, everything you once did makes you gag.
Of course, eventually smells will go back to being a normal part of my day (I can't wait!) and not overwhelming.
As we continue our faith journey, we grow more content with whatever our "normal" has become. Those things that once repulsed us are accepted now. We blaze through things that once made us pause and reflect.
Stop! Pay attention to what you're doing!
Breathe in the beautiful scent of life and exhale the rancid stench of sin.