Friday, February 19, 2016
Scent Evoked Memories
Year 4-Day 50: Today, I am grateful for scent evoked memories.
Scents evoke memories. What a novelist wrote...science now supports.
It’s known as “odor-evoked autobiographical memory” or the Proust phenomenon, after French writer Marcel Proust. In his famous novel In Search of Lost Time, the narrator dips a particular kind of pastry into a cup of tea creating a scent and he finds himself transported back in time to a childhood memory.
Often scent and taste are related. But it is the scent that draws us in. For me...the smell of lilac takes me back to the huge bush in our back yard on a perfect spring day. Another includes my great Aunt Elin...she was born around 1890...used to watch us some Saturdays so Mom could go to the salon for her 70's beehive hair-do. The smell of Brach's chocolate stars with cheddar cheese and mustard on saltines...it take me back to the moment and her porch swing.
Scent memories are powerful. Jesus...knowing us better than we know our selves...he knew it and acted on it. I told you we would finish Peter, today. Yesterday's gratitude was for the grace that transforms our shameful mistakes into a new sense of purpose. Failure in Jesus is not final.
Peter had denied Jesus three times after promising vehemently he never would.
Matthew 26:75 "And remembered the saying of , “Before the rooster crows, you me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly.
Our pastor pointed out that charcoal is rarely only mentioned one other time in
the New Testament. This resonated with me. Think about it. The fragrance of a charcoal fire is unique and imprints on the memory. For most it is a happy memory of meals with friends or even camping. Not for Peter. Charcoal would evoke shame. It would sweep him back to his betrayal of his best friend and Lord.
I have always loved that Jesus allowed Peter THREE times to answer him, "Do you love me?" As if forgiving each denial. What I never caught before was the charcoal fire: