TITLE: The Smell of Success
By Dana Cooper
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Wow! "What is that smell?" I asked as we were arriving at church for prayer meeting?
The doors and windows of the church being swung
open wide to let the fresh air in doing little to change the aroma wafting through the building.
I found a chair and began to send up my chorus of praise and worship to Jesus.The hindrance of that smell continually assaulting my nostrils keeps me thinking about what to do to escape the wrath of it all.
Finally,I decide to use kleenex and pray
with it sufficiently folded up over my nose.
I am sure I am a sight to those around me but
I never have cared much about appearance to others as much as how I appear to God.
I looked over at my pastors wife and note that she is doing the same thing. It is such a funny sight that I have to hide my face mostly behind the kleenex to keep from laughing publicly.
Low and behold I lean over to my friend and
whispered, “This would really preach wouldn’t it?
We could entitle it "Stench in the Nostrils of God." Better yet,"I tell her since we are praying we could stop and prophecy against the Dung Gate." I really have to hold my kleenex just right because peels of laughter keep roaring forth from my throat and being a ministers wife I need to uphold a certain standard.
Isn’t that just like God to take a bad situation and make something good out of it?
The bible says,"Laughter doeth good like medicine." Jesus knows I sure could use the laughter and medicine right now as I have been going through an especially fiery trial of faith.
Hours slip into days and days slip into years and I know that like the smell is going to leave the premises this firey period in my lfe too shall pass.When the plumbing is fixed we can get back to serious praying and forget the smell because it won't even be on our clothes as the smell of smoke wasn't on those walking in the firey furnace in the book of Daniel.
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