Since I have been using essential oils, my life just got bigger. And my God, the One who made all things, He just got bigger in my own eyes.
When I think of His perfect provision for all that we would need through the creation all around us, and when I ponder the miracle of extracting essential oils out of the plant He grew for us, and when I ponder how we can use them to nurture and heal our bodies, brains and emotions, I can’t help but break out in thanksgiving.
Experimenting with essential oils has been loads of fun. The other day, I made a salve to soothe the skin and deal with all kinds of skin irritations. It works beautifully as an ointment against diaper rashes and itchy bites; I love it as a moisturizer for my dry feet. I even use it as a night cream.
The little salve container with its invigorating fragrance somehow makes me happy. I coat my hands with the salve and rub it all over my face and my feet. It simply soaks in and seems to totally engulf me with moisture and well-being. It’s soothing, like gentle classical music for my body. It makes me smile all over.
And this salve is such an amazing gift that I simply can’t hold on to this delight all alone, so I share it with friends. After using it for a couple of days, Kathleen said that it made her ponder friendships, and how we are salve to one another.
My heart jumped. Yes, yes, yes! That is exactly right.
Whenever I am dry and wrinkled and have misplaced my joy, friends are the salve that saturate me back with life moisture.
Whenever I’m irritated and swollen and itchy and out of sorts, friends are often the salve that smooth me back to normal.
And when I somehow lose the Christ-like fragrance on my life, these friends of mine, they just are who they are, exhuming all His beauty, and He is irresistible in them.
Jesus in my friends–essential oil for my being.
Jesus in my friends–salve for my victory.
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