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The Scent That Refreshes

Good morning. It is Tuesday, August 17, 2021


It’s raining this morning in Grants Pass. The wind is blowing and there is a heavy mist coming down at an angle. I LOVE rain in the summertime!


The ‘smell’ that accompanies the rain is special. The summer heat has hardened the ground. Dust has built up. Lawns and plants are thirsty, and the rain takes care of all of that.


What Makes Rain Smell So Good? According to smithsonianmag.com, it is a mixture of plant oils, bacterial spores and ozone that is responsible for the powerful scent of fresh rain.


According to my dictionary, ozone is “a colorless unstable toxic gas with a pungent odor and powerful oxidizing properties, formed from oxygen by electrical discharges or ultraviolet light. It differs from normal oxygen (O2) in having three atoms in its molecule (O3). It comes from the German word Ozon and from the Greek word Ozein “to smell”


That smell triggers so many memories. I can remember standing out in a pouring down rain in mid-summer. A warm breeze blowing my hair as I twirled around and around, stopping long enough to stick my tongue out as I lifted my closed eyes heavenward.


A 4th of July storm along the banks of the Umpqua river the summer I was 13. Warm rain and the most beautiful lightning storm I had ever seen that night.


Opening the windows in the house as the sweet smell of rain is carried in on the wind, curtains fluttering in a dance as if they cannot contain themselves from the sheer joy of a cooler day.


I have my office window open even as I write this morning and it is refreshing. We have had many triple digit days this summer. Grants Pass is often the hotspot in the state of Oregon. But today is cloudy and cool and I love it.


It has a way of washing away worry and doubt. Thank God for the rain!


Psalm 72:6 ESV “May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth!”


“Ask the LORD for rain in the springtime; it is the LORD who sends the thunderstorms. He gives showers of rain to all people…” Zechariah 10:1 NIV



God compares His word to rain in Isaiah 55:10-11:

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” (ESV)


What is the word of God? The word of God is often referred to as water. Water refreshes, water is necessary for life; without water people and plants die. Water cleanses. Ephesians 5:26-27 “that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.” ESV


What is the word of God? The word of God is often referred to as food. Food nourishes, food satisfies, food gives us life and health. Matthew 4:4 “…It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” ESV


The phrase, Word of God is used of both the Bible and the person of Jesus.


  • The Word of God is inspired: “All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness,” (2 Tim. 3:16).

  • The Word of God is truth: “all thy commandments are truth,” (Psalm 119:151).

  • Jesus makes us free: ” . . . If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free,” (John 8:32).

  • The Word of God produces faith: “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ,” (Rom. 10:17).

  • The Word of God judges: “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart,” (Heb. 4:12). Article source: carm.org/dictionary/word-of-god



Jesus is the Word of God made flesh. John 1:1, 14In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”


May God richly bless you, guard and protect you today.

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