“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.” Acts 4:13
On my birthday, I wanted a chance to be able to get out of the house and do some planning, but we had a car in the shop and were sharing one vehicle. Since my husband works up the street from a Starbucks, I suggested I go in to work with him and sit at Starbucks for my “time out”. (I know, it was a hardship to HAVE to sit at Starbucks, but we do what we need to do, right? )
I went over to pick him up for lunch, and the first words out of his mouth when he greeted me were, “You’ve been drinking coffee!” Actually, I had finished my coffee well over an hour before that, and my drinking coffee is not an unusual thing that should have elicited such a response. I realized that what he was really reacting to was the that I carried the coffee aroma with me – I had been steeped in in for a few hours. As a matter of fact, the entire vehicle smelled of coffee – it was a very strong perfume!
Do I carry the aroma of Christ with me in the same way? Do I spend enough time steeped in time with the Lord that others can tell I have been with Him? Sadly, I think the answer is too often “no”. I hope that others can at least tell that I am a follower of the Lord, but is my life one that proclaims His love? Do I live my life in such a way that others are attracted to the Lord, or am I just another person traveling the same path as everyone else?
When Moses had been on the mountain talking with the Lord, he had no idea that there was anything different about him. However, when he descended from the mountain, his face shone so brightly that he had to cover his face with a veil in order for others to be able to talk to him. He had spent time with the Lord, and the countenance of the Lord shone forth from his face.
We might not have physical manifestations of spending time with the Lord, but it should show up in the way we live our lives. I know that if I am spending time intentional with the Lord, I am less likely to be impatient with my children. I am more likely to really listen to them. I am more respectful to my husband. And I am less likely to waste time on things that don’t really matter.
The problem is that there are too many times when I either let life push my time with the Lord aside, or it is something that I do just to check it off my list. Yes, it needs to be a scheduled priority, but it should also be something that I so look forward to that I don’t want anything else to come in the way. When I am able to keep that time as sacred, and really put my mind and heart into that time, then I will be “steeping” myself in His presence and His aroma will go with me through my day.