Can we impact the world? With a busy life, can we have a positive effect on a community? Is it possible to impart the fragrance of Love where ever we go? Try stopping for the one and see…

When the children were younger, I regularly drove past my daughter’s school on my way home from dropping off my son. As I did, I often prayed for the school, the teachers, those in authority, the children, the school community at large.

One morning, I was praying as I drove, when the principal of the junior school came to mind.

As I drove closer, I suddenly felt the Father’s heart. It was His Joy Indescribable, and with it came a flashback to earlier that morning when I had seen the same person throw her arms wide with a great, joy-filled love as she leant down and hugged a little poppet at the school gate.

With the flash memory and the flooding of Joy, I knew I needed to stop at the school on my way home. I KNEW I needed to run in, give this person a hug (a big hug) and tell her how loved SHE was.

Seeing the hug on the street, I had smiled to myself. She was tangibly pouring out love. I knew I had to do the same for her. Indeed, I had felt the desire to run across the road and hug her earlier that morning. Perhaps I had missed His first prompt!

I pulled over in the autumn sunshine and ran into the school, past a another staff member. I called out as I ran,

‘I’m here to give Miss M a hug.’

On seeing my target, I declared,

‘I need to give you a hug!’

She stood straight up, stepped over her papers and with arms open wide, she let me hug her.

I said,

‘You are so loved! You are doing a great job! I saw you hugging the girls this morning, loving on them, and now God wants me to give YOU a hug!’

Note, hugging is not my “thing.” Touch is not my “love language,” but when God tells me to hug, I hug. It’s taken time to know to obey this prompt, regardless of my discomfort. I also understand that if I respond in faith, I will often benefit too because, as He pours Himself through, over and around me, I am also touched and saturated in His Love.

And so, I stood there with this teacher and we hugged for ages.

This hug was amazing. I genuinely love this person. I feel safe around her to be fully me, and the joy and love I feel for her is not just Heaven sent, it is genuinely me as well, so it was His love and joy for her, but mine as well. The hug was equally a blessing to me as it was to her!

With hug finished, she stood back.

‘Oh, that was good. You’re a good hugger. I felt that! Look, I’m covered in goose bumps!’

I smiled.

She knew who the goosebumps were from.

‘He just wanted you to know how very loved you are. He wants you to know that you’re doing a great job.’

As I went to leave, I called out,

‘Have a great day!’

On my way out, I walked past the first staff member I had seen on my sprint into the school. With an overwhelming desire to hug her as well, I offered.

‘I’m always up for a hug,’ she responded, and she ran over and threw her arms around me.

Mid hug she said,

‘Oh, you ARE a good hugger!’

I gave her a kiss on the cheek as the principal called out,

‘It’s a wonderful hug! I’ve got goose bumps all over me, up and down my legs.’

I called out that I loved it, too. A hose that allows water to flow freely gets wet with water as the water passes through. So too the love of God. As I release Him, I receive His love too… and it’s GOOD … it’s SOOOO GOOD!

I ran into the sunshine, feeling Him flowing all around and through me.

A Joy Indescribable.

Driving homewards, still basking, I realised I could smell both their perfumes on my coat.

I smiled, realising that I had also left a deposit of perfume on them too – it was the fragrance of Love. I knew that, like me with their perfume on my coat, they would carry His fragrance throughout the day. Their interaction with Heaven would affect others they came into contact with, for His Love is a Love so infectious. God imbued us all with His fragrance of Love as we had stood and hugged each other.

One of them had called, as I ran out the door, ‘I needed that’ and I can honestly say that I needed it too!’

Like a person whose perfume lingers on your clothes long after they have left, we can leave the fragrance of Love in our wake.

Releasing God’s goodness in whatever form or shape it takes, we ourselves will receive a blessing. Indeed, we are more blessed than those who receive! When we will stop on our way and release His Goodness, His Kindness, in the way HE desires, we get saturated by Him too. These words describe it to a tee, and those words simply put are…

God IS Good!

‘For we are to God the sweet aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.’ (NIV 2 Cor 2:15)

This story follows a couple of years of stepping out and praying for individuals at this school. After months of stopping and encouraging the principal, and others on her staff, she had an open door policy for me to enter her office. If we choose to engage our hearts and incline our ear towards God’s promptings throughout the day, the accumulative impact of this type of life is a community impacted by the fragrance of Heaven, wherever we may find ourselves.

© Beth Kennedy 2022

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