Friday, September 16, 2011

The Scent of Joy~

It happens to me quite often.

I step into a dressing room, or out into a hallway, or pass through a room
and there it is: the scent of a woman who was once here, but has since passed on. The only evidence of her having been in this very place is the scent she left behind.

Yes, it's true. Perfume-laden women step out of dressing rooms, walk through hallways and pass through rooms all the time. But, only a few permeate the air, leaving it sweetened just for their having been there.

As a young girl, I longed to leave my scent behind. When others walked into a room, I wanted them to know I had been there because the room was still sweetly fragrant even though I was no longer there.

I scoured perfume counters and experimented with liquid concoctions, but this treasure remained buried, locked away, impossible to find.

Now, many years later, I continue my search. Only now the treasure I pursue is joy.

It happens to others quite often.

I step into a hospital room, or walk through the doors of a funeral home, or pass through some other heartbreaking tragedy and there it is: the unmistakable scent of joy in the lives of those left behind when that which has once brought happiness has passed on.

And I search for it in my own life;

this joy that stays when everything and everyone else has passed on, leaving my heart alone, empty.

And I'm starting to see, like the perfume, this fragrance, this scent of joy cannot be purchased, or bought or even found.

It is a gift.

A precious gift from God.

The joy of the Lord.

A joy that defies logic and comes in when all else is going out.

A joy that permeates the heart with strength, endurance and a confident hope.

A joy that proves the Lord is still there long after His blessings seem to have passed on -

Scented Geranium Interior
{Photo Credit}

the unmistakable scent of

J O Y ~

Today I am linking up with The Gypsy Mama for Five Minute Fridays. To read more devotional thoughts on JOY or to join in on the fun, visit her at:


  1. Wow. That was awesome. I lost my Mom six months ago (my loss, her ultimate gain) and I still remember the scent of her. I remember the scent of her favorite perfume (which has been discontinued). I hope I can always remember those scents and the joy they bring to me. I know that it is not my turn, but I can't wait to meet up with Mama again. That is going to be some JOY!

  2. Stopping by from Gypsy Mama. I was just thinking about the scent of people earlier this week. What an amazing thought...the scent of God. You're so right; I've just never thought about God having a scent. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

  3. I love this idea--That Joy is like perfume left behind... That's something to strive for. I love when I find new ways to think about things that challenge my interaction with others.

  4. Wow - what an AWESOME analogy!! And what a great lesson for all of us - to leave something behind us that is lasting and that will not just touch the senses...but the hearts of people. Thanks for stopping by and commenting the other day. I hope you have a great weekend!

  5. Stacy, this is just beautiful writing and wonderful truth.

  6. And what a gift it is. May His joy be our signature fragrance! :) Thanks for your sweet comment on PrayerGifts. I read it to my husband and it made him smile.

  7. Love how you said this, "A joy that defies logic and comes in when all else is going out." So true. Great 5 minute, Stacy!

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