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Topic: Fragrance (10/24/05)
TITLE: The Mist
By Kate Wells
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She did not see the invisible, wispy, substance that had begun to swirl around her ankles.
She finished her morning routine and was soon on her way to the office, coffee cup in hand. She was unaware that the mist had followed her and now filled her car.
Meghan drove as quickly as speed limits would allow and arrived at work with only minutes to park and get inside. She did not notice the swirling invisible substance exit with her. But she did notice her Bible on the dash board and quickly leaned in to get it. She made a mental note to herself to read on her coffee break. She didn't like to miss her time with the Lord. She almost never did.
Meghan dashed through the lobby and barely made it to the elevator before the doors closed. She sighed, relaxed a little and looked at her watch. Two minutes til 8:00. She would make it on time. As she shifted positions, She somehow managed to drop her Bible.
She started to lean over to get it but the strap of her purse slid off her shoulder and she fumbled about to keep it from spilling it's contents all over the elevator floor.
Embarrassed, she risked a look at the faces of the others in the elevator. She saw a variety of reactions. Several people looked at her Bible which had fallen open on the floor, and quickly looked away in disdain. One woman nodded toward her and smiled as if to convey a message that they had something in common. Another man clearly had a look of disgust on his face as he turned away and pretended to look at the ceiling.
She was still fumbling about trying to balance things and stooping to pick up her Bible in the limited amount of space the elevator afforded when she saw his hand. He had stretched it toward her Bible at the same time she did and he smiled as their eyes met.
"I see you read the Amplified", he said. "I like that translation, too. It really seems to open up some verses for me."
"Yes, it does", she replied and quickly checked his left hand to see if there was a ring on it. There wasn't, and she asked him which floor he worked on.
"This one", he answered, as the doors opened. "Accounting", he said, as he made his way passed the others. He put his hand on the door to prevent it's closing and said, "I'm Dan Jenkins. We have a Bible study every Friday morning at 7:00. Would you like to come?"
"Thank you", she responded with a smile. "I'm Meghan Lewis...and I'd love to."
He let go of the elevator door and waved his hand as he called back, "Friday!"
She kept her focus on his eyes...and did not notice the swirling mist around his shoulders.
Meghan made her way to her desk and sat her Bible and purse down. She thought about the reactions she had seen in the elevator When coffee break came around she sat down and opened her Bible to
2 Corinthians 15 and read;
"For we are the sweet fragrance of Christ unto God,
among those who are being saved and among those
who are perishing: To the latter it is an aroma from
death to death to the former it is an aroma from life to life
Suddenly, she understood the reactions she had seen on the elevator. If she could have seen into the spiritual realm, she would have understood the swirling substance that had permeated the air around her all morning and the effect it would have on others. The fragrance of Christ.
She closed her eyes and smiled and wondered how she was going to wait until Friday.
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