One of the rides at Disney World (Epcot) that my family enjoyed on our visits to Orlando is called Soarin’ (you can view it on Youtube). We buckled ourselves into our seats, the lights went off and we were lifted high into the air. A five story screen came to life as beautiful orchestra music began to play. It literally felt like we were flying only a few feet above a winding river, a massive cliff, orange fields, etc.
Disney wanted the experience to be breathtaking so they tried to overwhelm as many of the human senses as possible. They focused on visual appeal with the scenery on the screen. They focused on sound appeal with the music. They focused on feel appeal with the sensation that we were flying. They couldn’t do anything about taste appeal but they did an incredible job with ‘smell.’ As we watched the screen and flew over orange trees, a fragrance was released that made it seem as if we were actually smelling the orange blossoms.
‘Smell’ is a powerful sensation. It can actually affect our moods. A beautiful smell can put us at ease and cause us to feel incredible.
As I read through my Bible reading this morning (Exodus 29-30), I saw that God wanted the Israelites who came near the Tabernacle to experience a very positive sensation. An anointing oil was to be made and everything was to be sprinkled with it.
Exodus 30:22-27 (New Living Translation)
“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Collect choice spices – 12 1/2 pounds of pure myrrh, 6 1/4 pounds of fragrant cinnamon, 6 1/4 pounds of fragrant calamus, and 12 1/2 pounds of cassia – as measured by the weight of the sanctuary shekel. Also get one gallon of olive oil. Like a skilled incense maker, blend these ingredients to make a holy anointing oil. Use this sacred oil to anoint the Tabernacle, the Ark of the Covenant, the table and all its utensils, the lampstand and all its accessories, the incense altar, the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, and the washbasin with its stand.”
If God placed so much emphasis upon the pleasant aroma of the Tabernacle, I suspect that our eternal home will also be filled with pleasing aromas. God made us with our five senses. It only makes sense that to show us how wonderful of a God that He is, He will overwhelm us with goodness for all eternity that will satisfy every longing our senses crave.