Conversations in the Gospel of John :: Creation has a smell


Colorado summertime has a particular scent, especially in the morning. The cool air, the dew covered grass, the varicolored leaves, the blue sky and not-yet-hot sun all mingle together to create “Colorado.” It doesn’t last all day, and in fact, by mid-morning it begins to fade as the heat of the sun increases and the duties of the day take over. I wish I could linger at this perfect, fragrant, quiet, still-sleepy point of the day – every day. 

As a younger woman, back a decade or two ago, Bob and I directed summer projects here for college students. During those days I was very careful about getting up and out early for my time with the Lord. I often sat on a blanket at City Park reading the Word and writing furiously in my journal. On every project there was always a staff woman who wanted to join me, and together we’d enjoy the fragrant aroma of Jesus in the company of each other. 

As you read John 1:1-4; 14 and 18 you noticed that John begins his gospel by taking us back to the beginning, back to creation. Jesus was there with the Father and the Spirit, and he spoke the world into existence. The Rocky Mountains to my west, the mid-western plains to my east, the wee little ant crawling up the wall, the multiple shades of green and the deep blue sky – created by the Triune God. 

Jesus created Colorado’s sweet summertime smell. 

Today read those few verses in John again, and this time go back to the beginning and read Genesis 1-2. And as you read let the awesome truth of John’s words sink into your created-by-God being: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

Worship him! Oh, Jesus, thank you for living in and among us. Thank you for the beauty around us this beautiful summer day. Thank you for the wild day ahead with kids, or a project at work, or a sick parent…thank you that nothing is beyond you, it all belongs to you. 

Oh, and before you go, take a deep breath (God created those noses and lungs for a purpose!)…what does it smell like where you live? 


One thought on “Conversations in the Gospel of John :: Creation has a smell

  1. Just reading through John 1:3 – All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made – it was a great reminder for me to daily reflect on all that he has created.

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