Let me give you a little background.... The last 2 candles I've tried to burn have been a total bust. And during the holidays one of my favorite things is the smell of a good Christmas candle! Last year I did this a few times and I loved how it smelled. It's orange peels (and in this case some rejected orange segments from Emmy's lunch) whole cloves, cinnamon sticks, and some water. Put it on the stove and simmer. Smells awesome. Last for hours. You can just keep adding water to it and it could simmer all day. Makes the whole house smell great!
Trash. Scraps. A mishmash mess.
The he adds a healthy measure of himself and put us over the fire. If there was no water in this, it would burn and stick to the pan and become a smoking stinking mess. It's the water that changes it all. Just like in our lives. If we took our messed up selves and jumped into the fire, we'll burn up and come out worse on the other end every time. But if we allow God to fill us, he takes all that mishmash and creates something beautiful. A fragrance that's warm and inviting and pleasing. To Him and to others.
So I'm reminded today that even though I feel like our messed up discarded scrap filled life is being put to the fire, God's in it. He's added his love and his grace and the result won't be a burnt up stinky mess. Our lives will be a fragrance of God himself.