Do any of you love the smell of freshly baked bread as much as I do? Walking into a bakery or someone’s home where freshly baked bread has just been pulled out of the oven is a delight to our sense of smell. In your thoughts you might be saying…”Mmmm, what’s that smell?” Isn’t it funny how we can fill our stomachs full with a satisfying meal, and then we find ourselves somewhere unexpectedly catching a whiff of an enticing aroma, the kind of aroma that makes its way into your nostrils, weaving space into your belly, making you question your stomach’s fullness!
Our sense of smell is so powerful that it will, without permission, take you for a ride on an unsuspected journey. Before you realize you are a passenger, you might find yourself on the beach, at Grandma’s house, in a school classroom, in a hospital room, at a cemetery, or sitting on an old church pew, smelling the aroma of a memory.
My cousin, Sandy, who is a minister of the Gospel, shared with me one of many personal experiences she has had with the Lord. Take a step with me into the supernatural realm of God where His language communicates to our spirit. One night, Sandy, was awakened by the smell of baking bread. Her first thought was did her daughter bake bread and leave the oven on. She went downstairs on a mission to find where this aroma was coming from. Upon arriving in her kitchen, she noticed that the oven was not on and there was not a single loaf of bread sitting out on a rack to cool. As she pondered and wondered where this aroma was coming from, the Lord spoke to her spirit and said, “I AM the Bread of Life.”
I would like to invite you to my table today. I call it the “Table of His Presence.” I have spent many hours feasting at this table eating freshly baked bread. Oh…the aroma! In John 6:35, Jesus said to the people, “I AM the Bread of Life, he who comes to Me shall not hunger…” There is an aroma of His presence. It’s an indescribable, delicious wafting aroma that fills every nook and cranny in the room. It is the kind of aroma you never forget, an aroma that envelops every fiber of your being, an aroma that makes your sense of smell awaken to a knowledge of God, an aroma that dissipates the failures of your past, enabling you to continue feasting of this life-giving, life-sustaining bread at the “Table of His Presence.” You may think you are not hungry because you don’t “feel” hungry, but when you begin to smell the aroma of His presence, you will begin to hunger and desire to partake of what you are smelling. There is only one word I can find that describes the presence of God. That word is “MORE.” Once you smell Him, you’ll want more of Him.
Come to the table, sit back with me, take a slice of this Bread of Life that is freely given to all, and breathe in the delicious fragrance of His presence. I guarantee you it will be the most satisfying, life-changing, meal you will ever partake of. Not only will you recognize who Jesus is when you partake of this Bread (Luke 24:35), the aroma of Him will permeate your being. We carry an aroma wherever we go. Does the aroma you carry make others hungry for Him? The world is sniffing out for those who have eaten at the “Table of His Presence.” They are hungry for this Bread, the eternal Bread of Life, that they may partake and never hunger again for the things of this world. Why not invite others to partake at your table. The fellowship is sweet and the Lord, your Guest of Honor, always comes to the table with freshly baked bread. It is the most perfect, delicious bread for you to share.