Sprinkles of Joy
My husband and I went to a vintage market and craft show a few weeks ago. As we were strolling, a flash of pink caught my eye so I pulled the hubby in that direction. I immediately dove into smelling the scents on display at this pink covered booth and struck up a conversation with the booth owner. After a delightful visit we were soon on our way with a sample of scented sprinkles and a promise to check out her website. The next day while cleaning out my purse, I came across the sample and decided to give it a try. I cleaned out my wax warmer, dropped in the sprinkles and waited for them to melt and fill the house with their fresh scent. The sprinkles melted quickly, but we never smelled a thing. A few days later, I received a text from the booth owner that said, “Did our amazing fragrances entice you?” Fearing disappointment for my new friend but wishing to be honest, I explained that I used the sample of sprinkles but never smelled anything at all. I could sense the urgency as she quickly responded, “Oh that is not to use.” “That is only ¼ of a teaspoon.” “That’s only 1/12th of what you should use in a warmer.” I laughed out loud as she went on to say, “That tiny little bit is just to give you an idea of the scent.” Still laughing, I apologized for my goof and promised to give it another try. Her final response read, “Yes! We are so much stronger in the right portion!” Wow. That statement is true for scented sprinkles and it’s true for us as well. God created us to be in fellowship with Him and with each other. We receive a beautiful picture of what that looks like in Acts 2:42-47, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” The word that stands out to me is “together”. So often we try to do life on our own. We keep our problems to ourselves. We put on a brave face when we are really scared. We refuse help. We try to be Super Women who don’t want to show our weaknesses, our past mistakes, or our messiness. The truth is, we all have weaknesses, past mistakes and messiness in our lives and because of God’s great love for us he gave us an innate desire to be with other people so that we don’t have to face life alone. We can choose to go it alone, and we can probably muddle through and get by alright, but, WE ARE SO MUCH STRONGER IN THE RIGHT PORTION! The believers in Acts 2 prayed TOGETHER, studied God’s word TOGETHER, tended to each other’s needs TOGETHER, met TOGETHER, worshipped TOGETHER. Basically, they did life TOGETHER. Because of all of this togetherness, they were joyful and their joy led others to the Lord. My friends, don’t go through life alone. Take your little sprinkles of life experiences, gifts and talents and add it to the warming pot of the community of believers God has specially picked for you. As your sprinkles melt with theirs in the proper portion, the pleasing fragrance of joy and togetherness will strengthen you as it spreads to others and rises up to the Lord as a scent of worship.