You may remember my previous stories of my sweet Muslim friend “S”? (From now on I’m going to call her Sarah*). You may remember that I have known Sarah for almost 5 years now, and we have only grown closer and closer as friends. Just recently I met her again for our regular coffee date. She seems to love these appointments as it gives her some freedom from being in her house, and allows her some independent time away from her normal Muslim culture.
You see, I am her only Christian friend. I sometimes marvel at that fact, and just wonder what it’s going to take to bring this devout Muslim lady over into the Kingdom of Christ? Each time before I meet with her, my husband and I pray that God would work in our conversation somehow, allowing me an opportunity to share Jesus with her. She talks openly and freely about being a Muslim, and she allows me the freedom to talk about my faith, but for the most part we mostly just talk about “life”. We have so much in common as ladies, and both of us enjoy talking about our homes, health, husbands, travels, female issues, and really the list is endless. She trusts me implicitly with her life stories, and it’s really amazing that she has such trust in me at all.
When I haven’t seen her in a while, due to travel or meetings, she’ll write me and say “I miss u!”. Yes, that’s exactly how she writes it! For some reason, and it must only be the Lord, she just loves being in my presence.
On my most recent visit with Sarah this week she gave me a gorgeous bottle of perfume. This is now the second time she has given me perfume as a gift! She is extremely generous, and I feel guilty most times as I so rarely give her anything as a gift. I’m good at baking cakes etc., so I have found that this is one way I can give her something from my heart. But, back to the perfume. I now have two bottles of perfume from Sarah! Could it be that I am “the fragrance of Christ” (2 Corinthians 2:15) to her? Now each morning when I spray her beautiful scent on my body, the Lord reminds me to pray for Sarah, and for her to be drawn into His kingdom. God’s Word is true. I AM the fragrance of Christ to her, and God will draw her unto Himself at His perfect time. But we must pray!
Will you join me in this prayer? Yes…”we are the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life.” 2 Corinthians 2:15-16