As I was going about my business this morning, I decided that the scent of a candle would set a good tone for the start of the day. So out came the lighter, and before long the birth of a new flame was steadily burning in the bottom of my candle warmer.
Usually that would be the end to such a task, however, the slow burning flame caught my attention and I soon focused on the effect its warmth produced on the scented wax stationed above.
Slowly the center of the harden wax began to show signs of melting. It started very small, perhaps the size of a pencil eraser, but over time it steadily grew and widen from the center out. Within the hour the entire basin of wax had transformed into a liquid that released the scent held within.
A couple of things jumped out at me.
- The structure of the warmer.
- The condition of the wax.
- The steadiness of the flame.
As goes most candle warmers, mine follows the general design. A somewhat jar-shaped receptacle with a top reservoir to hold a block of wax, and a small opening towards the bottom to insert a tea light.
In observing the warmer and its effects, I pictured the receptacle as the believer in Christ, the melting wax as the image of transformation from our old nature to the new, and the flame inside as the work of the Holy Spirit within us.
And just like candle warmers come in various shapes and sizes, and wax in a multiple selections of fragrances, we too come to Christ. We are not a cookie cut product. Instead, we come in the shape, and carry the harden wax, that our life path has brought us through.
Though we might not resemble each other, we do have a few things in common.
- God’s spirit is no respecter of what shape we are in when we come to Him.
- The work of the Holy Spirit resides in us and steadily will bring gentle transformation.
- Through His transformation process, we will begin to release a fragrance pleasing to the Lord.
With that being said, it serves as great promise that God, through His Holy Spirit, will do a marvelous work of melting (transforming) away the effects of hardened wax (old nature) in each of us. All we need to do is invite Him in and allow a consistent place for Him to reside.
But there is a warning.
In keeping with the analogy of the candle warmer, once the flame has been extinguished, the nature of the wax slowly reconstitutes and its fragrance is stifled. We too, if God is not allowed a steady place in the center of our lives, can return to our natural ways, and the good that He developed in us can be stifled.
So check your center for God’s light as you journey the path that He has granted you this day.
Set the tone and let the steady flame of the Holy Spirit serve to bring consistent transformation. Transformation that produces a sweet fragrance in you that not only pleases Him but to all of those you come in contact with.