Breathless by Martha Mazza
The presence of Your aroma,
Drawing me in,
Pulling me back,
All to drive deeper,
Come to grips,
Release what feels alive
But rises as death,
Face the King,
Watch the rising sun,
No burden carried
No appeal expected,
His fragrant aroma
“For who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation?
Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming?
For you are our glory and joy.” 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20
This fragrant, beautiful rose reminds me of God’s aroma filled with love, kindness, gentleness, compassion and patience. I want those thoughts in my mind.
Life can catch me off guard. When life feels against me, I want relief. I want to feel His joy instead. I want so much for this life to deliver satisfaction, and to fill me. I diligently work to get whatever I think will give me life. It feels so right to follow that feeling. But truth is, it is not what will satisfy. It will not resolve the deep ache inside.
I want to respond to life’s challenges in godly ways and to do the things that bring His joy into my heart. But at times I find myself trying to fill that ache with anything but God.
When these moments come, and I recognize the need to settle my emotions, I take walks in nature among beautiful flowers like this rose. It helps me to envision God and His love. The thoughts of how God loves me and cares for me supersede my thoughts of distress. Being around nature’s beauty reminds me of the fragrance of His love. I feel moments of relief, then my mind returns to the distress. It is amazing to me how anxious thoughts can feel so heavy. If I can repeatedly turn to God and give Him my burden, the heaviness lifts and I feel free. For God’s yoke is light, it is not heavy.
God made me to be satisfied only by Him. What do you chase after in life to satisfy you?