How are you today?
I would like to share a story that took place back in 2017. I think it was the summer in Korea. I was on my way to the airport to go back to Singapore, after spending some time with my mom at home. On a shuttle bus to the airport, an old friend of mine from the university came into my mind. I lost touch with her for the past few years. She was busy raising her only daughter most of her time home. And I also didn’t have much time to meet my friends whenever I came to Korea to see my mom. I wanted to spend as much as possible with her after work so that I didn’t call my friends nor arranged any meetings during my visit home. But this old friend of mine came into my mind out of the blue on the way to the airport. I texted her to say hello and ask how she is doing. Interestingly, I got to know she had a plan to travel to Singapore with her daughter, her younger sister, and her niece in that autumn. I was pleased to know her plan and I shared some information on places to go and so on, as she asked. And we continued to exchange texts for her trip to Singapore. Then, one day, I made a proposal to her. Since I would go home again in Seoul in September away from my place in Singapore for about two weeks, I suggested to her that she and her family stay in my place during my visit to Seoul. It would be small for the four ladies, but they could save some money. I thought to myself that I would share His love with these unbelieving friends by generosity and hospitality. I know my friend well and she feels scared when it gets dark so that even home in Korea she doesn’t want to go out when it gets dark. Knowing her character, I thought it would be good for her and her family to stay in my place and I said to her, “Rest assured that my place is in a safe area and Singapore is safe.” She was happy with my proposal and agreed to stay in my place. So, on the same day when I leave for Korea at night, she came to Singapore very early in the morning like 4:30. In that morning, my friend and her family were supposed to come to my place on their own, taking a taxi from the Singapore Changi airport. I got up early in the morning and prayed in my room. I said to the Lord, “Father, please protect them while they travel to Singapore. And please, let them know Your Presence with them when they are here in my place.” Soon after my prayer, my friend and her family arrived at my place safely. I welcomed them in my living room. It was still quite early like before six in the morning. While I talked to my friend and her younger sister over my dining table for a while, my friend’s little daughter and her niece were so happy, looking around my place. Then, my friend sniffed in the living room, sitting in front of me, and said, “What a nice fragrance in your home! You really keep your place sweet!” I sniffed, but I smelled nothing. I had a room diffuser in my bedroom, a lemongrass fragrance and I almost threw it away, as the liquid inside the bottle was all gone. And we were all in my living room so that I thought it couldn’t be from that diffuser.
But I said to her, “Is it like lemongrass? How is the fragrance?”
She said, “No, it’s not lemongrass, but it’s sweet. And it’s very nice. And it’s all around here in this room!”
Then, her younger sister said, sniffing, “Yes, I smell the same. Something sweet and nice.”
And their little girls all said, “Yes, I smell something very nice here in this room!”
I smiled. I still smelled nothing, just like the occasion I wrote about in my previous blog “Wonder 1,” but I knew where it came from!
So, without any hesitation, I took the moment to share all the wonderful stories and His majesty in my life since I was baptized in the Holy Spirit. My friend and I have been friends since the age of nineteen. And I said to her, “I’m not what I was anymore. I was changed since I became a born again here.” And I continued to share how He changed me and how graciously He showed His love through many different nice fragrances. And I also said to them that in His wonder and humor, I couldn’t smell anything at that moment, but I prayed that He would let them know His Presence in my place. My friend found it interesting, still sniffing.
I would like to encourage you today. He hears our prayers and shows His love for His children in His wonder and in His humor. His Presence will go with you and He will give you rest!
Praise and Glory to our Awesome and Almighty God!
Have a bliss!
Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. (2 Corinthians 2:14~15)