Mary gave – not just any perfume, but an ‘expensive perfume’ – the best she had as it was worth a whole year’s wages. She also didn’t just give it to Jesus; she emptied it out on His feet and then wiped His feet with her hair. What she did was no secret – it could be smelt throughout the whole house and the fragrance of what she had done remained with her even after she had left, as it clung to her hair.
As we come and give to Jesus our very best and are not hesitant to be poured out for Him, may it not only be a sweet fragrance to those closest to us – those in the house – but also to those we come in contact with in our daily walk – those at work, the one behind the till in the supermarket, the one in the queue at the bank, the petrol attendant, the child next door, the post man, the bus driver, the train conductor, the garbage collector, the street sweeper, the pastor, the leader, the business man, the manager, and our employer.
As we sit at Jesus’ feet and pour out everything we have, may the fragrance of His presence linger with us and be a constant reminder to us of His closeness – a very present help with those difficult situations that need to be resolved – those decisions that need to made – those people that need to faced.
As we come and spend time with Jesus, experiencing His love, forgiveness, acceptance (He accepted what Mary did for Him when others criticised and judged); as we experience His mercy and kindness, may we always be a sweet aroma of His love, care and compassion to those we pour out our lives for, and to those whom our lives touch on a daily basis.
Prayer: Lord, as I come each day and sit at Your feet, may the sweet aroma of Your presence so permeate my life that others may get hungry to get to know You too. Amen.
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