My memory not only holds pleasant and unpleasant sights and experiences but scents as well. I recall the inviting aroma of basted turkey, pumpkin and mincemeat pies from Mom's kitchen on Thanksgiving Day and burning leaves from raked yards. I easily remember and relish the smell of freshly bathed and powdered babies. In contrast, I can never forget the disgusting smell of skunk road kill or the Kirkville, NY pig farm!
Jesus used the skill of a surgeon in His use of contrast imagery; the prodigal son went from pig slop to father's feast. (Luke 15:11-31) I can put myself in the wanders shoes. He returned to his father's home wearing the stench of pigs he had tended; he had no Dial soap to bathe with or Gain to launder his rags. Step-by-step, he drew closer to Father. Lysol Disinfectant spray could have used the moment of drama as a sales campaign
The curtain of separation opened. Eyes met, hearts pounded, anxiety and guilt met love and forgiveness! The thankful father did not send the lost and found son to the showers; he showered him with love. "his father saw him and was filled with compassion. He ran, threw his arms around his neck, and kissed him (Luke 15:20b HCS)." He ordered his servants to clothe the returning rebel in the best robe and prepare a festive feast. Father and son would enjoy fellowship and the fragrance of a restored life.
With God all things are possible! Published articles in Mature Living Magazine, Secret Place, Daily Devotionals for the Deaf, Light from the Word Daily Devotional. Available now in book store: FORGET-ME-NOT DAILY DEVOTIONAL http:/ebooks.faithwriters.com/ebook-details.php?id=520