A friend of mine recently moved. When she arrived at her new place it was evident that there were issues, but she does issues with a vengeance, so the spiritual climate began to improve fairly quickly.
Eventually, though, she hit a plateau and called me. And she knew better than to just say there was a problem. She went down the checklist of all the things that she had prayed and done and then added research into the history of the home and the condition of the neighborhood.
I like her style. It is easy to resource someone when they are that organized.
I listened attentively, mentally checking things off. She was a great student and had methodically covered all the bases.
It was in her final comment that I found a loose thread I could pull.
The landscaping in the neighborhood was a bit unusual, and when there was heavy rain, the debris from the area would end up being deposited in her front yard. The properties above and below her on the hill were immaculate — not affected.
Now on the surface, this could be written off as simply some negligence in the layout and landscaping of the housing tract — just human error.
However, I wondered if there is a fragrance portal there. One of the marks of a fragrance portal is that trash accumulates there. It is quite supernatural how many ways there are for junk to end up on a defiled portal, whether it is indoors or outdoors. It is such a magnet for junk that this one dynamic becomes a dependable clue for helping to identify one.
So, without telling her what I thought, I asked about her problem solving ability at home. When a fragrance portal is doing its job, it releases revelation. I know that she is in a very demanding work situation where problem solving is what she does all day long. I also know she is very committed to her family and has worked hard to establish good boundaries at work so that work stays at work as much as possible.
She thought about three seconds and then replied with confidence and surprise that yes, there was a consistent flow of creative insight into all kinds of problems when she was at home, even when she was not consciously looking for those solutions.
She added that there had been a dearth of hunger for the Word for a season before this home, but recently the Word had come alive to her again.
All of that pointed to her having a fragrance portal on her property.
That said, she needed a strategy to cleanse it. I suggested she focus on the issue of revelation. There is no telling how many people groups in the last few thousand years have been drawn to that portal to either seek knowledge they were not supposed to have or to seek it from wrong sources or in the wrong ways.
Then she will bless it with the purposes of God. Our sense is that each portal has a designated flavor of truth to be revealed. By blessing it with coming into alignment with God’s original purposes, we can be sure we are on target.
It will be interesting to see what her home feels like in about 90 days and what kind of a reputation she develops at work as she comes in each day with remarkable insights into how they could thrive in what they are doing.
Knowing her high sense of responsibility, I won’t have to remember to ask her for an update, and when it comes, we will post it.
Copyright July 2012 by Arthur Burk
Airborne over Arizona, westbound (toward home! Yay!)