the olfactory

Smells can often transport us. They can conjure up both good and sad memories.

After my father passed, we had some articles that I kept in the laundry room for several months and refused to have them washed. The smells would carry me to a place of peace combined with a ting of sorrow.

The day came when it was time to put those memories behind and do the wash, but if I close my eyes, I can still almost smell those items.

Some smells still bring me back to childhood carefree days.

Cotton candy and remembering going to the fairs.

Do you remember old fashioned penny candy? We called it such back in the day because it really was a penny a piece. Sometimes even three for a penny. I bet that brings back memories for some. Regardless, can you almost smell them off the page, right?

Marshmallow cones

Candy buttons

What’s your fave pictured above?

If I smell a big pot of sauce cooking on the stove, I am transported to my grandmother’s.

Tomato soup takes me all the way back to coming home from half day kindergarten which is sadly no longer a thing anymore.

Double and triple burgers or grilled cheeses stacked high remind me of growing boys or food competitions men make with each other.

I am sure you can think of lots of things that conjure up personal memories in your mind.

What smells remind you of days gone by? Please comment below.

I believe God uses our senses.

Sometimes it is to help us be sensitive. I say, when a memory flies through your brain, pause long enough to embrace it. Who knows? That smell that triggers that thought may just be preparing you for your next encounter.

We will never know all that another is going through but often can find common ground even through a smell that transports or unites our memories.

Thank God for all your senses if you have them. And if you don’t, thank Him for heightening the others. I am always amazed at the sense of smell someone who is blind has.

Our senses should remind us as they work together to give us information, so does the body of Christ work together to meet the needs of the church (I Corinthians 12).

It is good to walk down memory lane on occasion, but don’t get stuck in sorrow rather revel in the truth of what is to come.

“And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.Ephesians 5.2

When you do, you will…

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