Avon’s Rapture Powder Sachet…1964.
My mom was showing me a small, old overnight piece of luggage that my grandmother use to carry back and forth to our house when she spent the night. It was silver and gray and always full of treasures.
Mom opened the luggage and it was full of mementos. Notecards, pictures…and Avon sachet powder. I carefully unscrewed the lid only to reveal a flood of memories! The fragrance was still full of scent and it whisked me back to days with my sweet grandmother.
Memories of watching “The Lawrence Welk Show” while reading “Reader’s Digest” in her living room when I spent the night…..painting fingernails, eating 7-Up Ice Cream sodas in aluminum glasses until it was time for bed and saying prayers……getting up early the next morning to pancakes and attending church with her and all her friends.
All that came from a scent in a sachet bottle.
“When I Need You” by Leo Sayer…1976
My husband and I love to “jeep” and enjoy the beauty of the area in which we live. It is so wonderful to feel the sunshine on your face and the wind in your hair. A simple pleasure really.
We often put in CD’s and forget which one we put in the player. (Don’t laugh, if you don’t do that, you may someday)…and that song comes on….Your song. Our hands go together and we dance (not actually, but in the “we are old people in a vehicle way”)….and we are flooded with memories.
The orange mustang with the passenger door that wouldn’t open…..sitting on the porch and talking about God and the stars and pondering our future…..dancing until all hours of the morning with the teachers at all our proms when we were pretty much the only students still there because we loved to dance so much.
We are always making memories. They might seem like simple moments. These memories might not seem important. But somehow they are…..in time they become a precious treasure that evoke love, a lesson, trust, dedication…..
A song might trigger it…or even a scent from long ago made current by a quick opening of a top on a container.
But we cannot miss it. These are treasures….these are often gifts that sustain us through the tough times. They are gifts from God to help us endure some painful times.
We cannot allow the “busyness” of life deny us these gifts.
I realize that often times memories are not pleasant….and some we would choose to forget. But all these things teach us to trust the Father in some way. I know this well.
“Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Psalm 103:1-5
Now stop reading and go make some memories with those you love…and check out the internet for that song from your Junior Prom!
IN CHRIST ALONE
*NIV Bible, personal graphics, You Tube Hits of the 70’s