Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Smelling heaven

I have no sense of smell. I never could smell and I have never smelled one thing and I never expect to smell anything.

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I don't think much about it. I never had it so I don't truly know what I've missed. Though when my baby sister was little and I'd give her a bath, and the baby skin became soft and pink and her hair was freshly shampooed, she looked so cute and cuddly. I understand that a freshly clean baby is a good smell. Mown grass. Strawberries. Flowers. Baking bread. Sometimes I'd wonder what those things smelled like, and occasionally lamented the lack.

Sometimes I'd be sad at having this handicap. I worry about not being able to smell my gas heat, or food burning, or an electrical fire. I was not allowed to babysit when I was a teen because of the safety factor of not being able to detect gas leaks or smoke or fire. Never mind not being able to smell if the diaper was dirty. But I don't dwell on it, I just push the thought out of my head and go on.
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The bible speaks of fragrances and smells. The woman Mary poured out an expensive perfume and washed the feet of Jesus with it. The whole house smelled of the fragrance. (John 12:2-4).

The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma of Noah's burnt offering, and He "said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man's heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done." (Genesis 8:20-21).

Exodus 30:23 talks of a sweet smelling cinnamon. Psalm 45:8 mentions "All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia..."

It sure would be good to smell spices, or at least have first hand knowledge of these odors to which the bible refers.

But then I decided...no.

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I decided this because it is a better blessing to wait. I am anticipating my first smell...and it will be heaven. I'm speaking literally. When I'm glorified at the rapture, the very first thing I'll ever smell is heaven. And in heaven, there will be no malodorous things to smell. I'll never have smelled pollution, or septic, or waste, or rot.

I'll only ever smell the sweet fragrance of the knowledge of Jesus. (2 Corinthians 2:14).

Thank you, Jesus, for this blessing.


  1. Yes! Hallelujah!!! My hubby can relate to this very well, as he is color blind. Totally color blind. At times he has felt a bit sad because he has missed out on knowing the splendor of viewing a magnificent sunset, green grass, the colors of flowers, autumn trees, etc. But I told him to just imagine how totally awesome it will be when his first glimpse of color is HEAVEN!

    1. Yay, Gloty! I expect that the colors will be so much more vivid in heaven, and there will probably even be different colors! When he opens His eyes upon getting there I can imagine with him his future amazement!

  2. I have often said I think Heaven might smell a bit like a newborn baby's head. With each of my three children, I didn't give them a first bath (not even a sponge bath!) until they were a good week old. And since they never left me in the hospital, the most cleaning they got was getting rubbed with a towel right at birth. I just love, love, love that pure baby-head smell. It's a smell of purity. They have not been in contact with this dirty world of chemicals and sin and, I don't know, it just smells like purity in both body and spirit to me....and perhaps a bit like Heaven?

    May we know so very soon.


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