The Fragrant Field

Shelly Hendricks is a wife and mother of 2 amazing kids. She was a teacher and a librarian in another life. She also suffers from Intracranial Hypertension and Essential Tremor, among a myriad of other issues mostly stemming from these two. She had brain surgery in 2012, to install a VP Shunt, and had a revision in January of this year. She now considers herself to be a ‘bionic woman’ who is learning to walk again. Disability has been hard to deal with, but she depends on God for all strength and hopes to encourage others on this journey, through her blog at

But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. - 2 Corinthians 2:14

Have you ever walked into the middle of a field of wildflowers in the glory of spring? Even if you close your eyes, it is a majestic assault on the senses. The smells, so deep and so complex, resting on every draft and changing subtly with each new breeze, are like nothing that can be replicated by humans. Only God...

I think that's how God feels when He walks among His people. In fact, we are to be diffusing that fragrance through every place we visit. Did you know you were such a sweet perfume?

My garden has beautiful roses and fluffy balls of snowball flowers and dripping lavendar waterfalls of lilac. There are bright nodding heads of daffodils and graceful sweeps of proud iris. Each has their own scent. Some are subtle, some are distinctive and bold.

And when I clip off a bloom of each one and place them in the same vase, the smell is too wondrous and special to be described. Each one gives off just the note it's meant to, and they blend together perfectly.

Perhaps you are a magnolia? Distinctive and bold, yet so fragile and easily bruised.

Maybe you're a dandelion? Bright and cheerful, becoming something distinctive, waiting for the breath of God to come along and make a wish.

How about a cactus bloom? Seemingly untouchable and keeping others at a distance, but oh for that one moment in time when you show off your potential. Wow.

Maybe you're an orchid? Tempermental and particular, preferred and adored.

You are a beautiful bloom in the God's garden. No matter what your strengths or weaknesses, your subtleties and your power... no matter if you're an overnight beauty or a year-long bloomer... you have a place here.

And our bouquet? It needs your scent. Your undertones anchor. Your sweetness entices. Your fruit uplifts.

Bloom, in whatever way you can. Manifest the sweet aroma of Him in every place. Bring the Spring.

Heavenly Father, help each of us to recognize our worth and beauty today. Help us to bloom in exactly the way You had planned for us, not wishing to be a different type of flower, but showcasing You in our unique way. Thank You for the gift of each other. In Jesus' Name, Amen...

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5 Responses to The Fragrant Field

  1. Shelly, this was wonderful. Thank you as always for sharing!

  2. Thank you, Shelly, for this lovely piece! Give us pause to consider our own fragrance as well as truly consider other's and how we can be a fragrant bouquet together for our Creator! May today be a day we offer our most pleasing to Him!

  3. Thank you for having me, Kirra! I always look forward to it! <3

  4. I share your prayer, Jennifer! Thank you for blessing me with your comment! Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

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