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Topic: Fragrance (10/24/05)
TITLE: Traditional Women of Fragrance
By Dorothy Purge
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Sarah, Abraham’s wife, was well advanced in age and had no children. She must have thought that the Lord had not met her expectation to give her a child so she did what she thought was the most logical thing: She gave her handmaid, Hagar, to Abraham so that she could bear him a child. Similar to most people, perhaps Sarah was thinking too much of what God had not done for her rather than focusing on what He had done.
“What a lovely fragrance will be imparted in this house when Hagar has a child”, thought Sarah. “It will be our child. That will take our household Beyond Paradise. What a Pleasure that will be” !
Sarah had a natural traditional charming fragrance of Cool Waters. However the day that Hagar walked into her mistress’ house, through the Red Door and became Abraham’s other wife, her fragrance began to change. The scent from her original Egyptian Mania of humility and obedience vanished. Presumably, she was Irresistible to Abraham and from the moment she was carrying his child, her fragrance grew very strong and harsh into Pure Poison towards Sarah. Hagar’s traditional Sunflower fragrance took a Curve:
“Oh, I look so Delicious”!, she often said, admiring herself. “I am the New Envy Me around here. Look at my baby glow! Sorry to spoil your Pleasure, Sarah”.
Sarah perfumed the air with ‘hen-pecking’ and blamed Abraham for Hagar’s change in fragrance after she could no longer tolerate Hagar. Both the fragrance of Sarah and that of Hagar intoxicated the air and Abraham developed an allergy as a result of their harsh scents. Often, he wanted a breath of fresh air. Sadly too, Sarah’s fragrance changed and grew bitterly from Temptation to an Eternity Moment where Hagar, in fear, quickly counteracted Sarah with a fragrance of Escape.
“Out, out you go !” shouted Sarah to Hagar who was heavy with child.
No doubt there must have been a curious sense of fragrance from the neighbours, especially the women.
“There seems to be some kind of Obsession going on over there”, said one of the younger neighbourhood women.
And so Hagar gave birth to Ishmael – a wild fragrance. Some time after Sarah gave birth to Isaac – What a Miracle! Isaac would be a binding fragrance.
The fragrance of Sarah and that of Hagar still lingers on and at times you may find yourself exhaling the fragrance of either of those women.
In the changing world you can design your own beautiful fragrance. Firstly, do a self-evaluation and then make a new launch – it doesn’t have to be a big one. Let your fragrance come from within and take it to where it is most needed.
Here are some ingredients for designing a sweet fragrance:
· Feel confident when using God’s words: Show that you have a real
connection with Him.
· Show concern for mankind.
· Apologize when you ought to do so.
· Use your time wisely – time wasting can be tragic !
· Help others to see the sunny side of life; to cope with chaos and changes.
· Use every opportunity to introduce the Lord to someone – do not put the person on hold – sometimes for ever !
· Learn an inspiring thought every day.
· When in doubt, sort it out: Ask yourself, “What would Jesus do in this situation”?
· Let your fragrance come from the heart so that others can use it to freshen up throughout the day.
· Ensure that you add the personal touch of Jesus which leads to Eternity.
Each new day someone should see a new appealing fragrance in you at home, at the workplace, or just about any where that you make contact with people.
Remember that you are the fragrance of God’s living words.
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