"For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing." 2 Corinthians 2:15
Did you know that there are well over 6500 different varieties of roses? This was new to me this morning when I googled it. Each one different. Some have beautiful names like English Elegance, Autumn Sunset and Blushing Beauty. Others are named after women like Fair Bianca, Lady Penelope and Rosanna. And still others after men like William Shakespeare, Danny Boy and Sir Cedric Morris. There are even some fun names like Gladiator, Chariots of Fire and Leaping Salmon. (I found these names at EveryRose.com)
So many different varieties. In fact, on each different rose bush, every bud & blossom is different. The smells are all different. We have a beautiful yellow rose bush at the front of our house. When it blossomed in the spring, the smell was overwhelmingly beautiful. So fragrant with a hint of lemon smell. I loved walking past it. Our large-blossom red rose bush in the backyard (photos) is also very beautiful but almost zero scent comes from these giant blossoms. So much for making my own potpouri!! :)
My favourite colors of rose have to beach peach & yellow. I love a beautiful red rose but they are a bit 'common' so when I see peach-ish colors or shades of yellow, I find them the most beautiful.
Not just about a lesson in roses, all this is to remind us that though there are many many varieties of things like roses, people are even more unique & diverse. Each one of us is different. Each one of us looks different, has different needs, different likes & dislikes, different backgrounds & different views & opinions. We are all different, we are all unique, we are all special. Special to God. And He uses each one of us differently, gives us unique gifts & talents & purposes.
And when we talk about God to others, it is like a sweet-smelling fragrance to the Lord. We will all have different ways & methods of talking to others about God, some in encouragement & uplifting, some we share praise together, others we are telling the tale of salvation. Like a rose, I imagine each of us are a different & special fragrance to God. Unique & beautiful when we are speaking of Him.