Reading in Song of Solomon 5:12-16, I was struck by the beautiful description of the garden.  The beloved is seen as a garden with fruit trees, fragrant flowers and chief spices.  Then the writer says, “Awake, O north wind, And come, O south!  Blow upon my garden, that its spices may flow out.”  The winds are called upon to blow upon the garden that the fragrant scent and the spices might be dispersed abroad, that others might smell of its beauty. Yes, the garden would loose something but others would gain.

I thought of how many times “the harsh winds of life” blow upon us and we complain because it seems like we are loosing what was precious and valuable to us, yet perhaps God has higher purposes for these winds.  Perhaps God is wanting these winds to blow, not to destroy us but so that the righteous responses and that the sweet fragrance of Jesus would blow out to others who do not know how to receive of the grace and life of our Lord Jesus.

Lord, help us to respond properly to the winds of challenge and adversity so that we would always send forth a sweet fragrance to those around us.