Incense In A Clean Room?

“Oh Lord, I call to you; come quickly to me. Hear my voice when I call to you. May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.” (Psalm 141:1-2)

I work in a clean room and I like to sing and pray while I work. This is easy to do because of the blowers we wear and all the back ground noise. I’ve been praying for every person that steps into this lab since I started here and I’ve seen some neat things happen. This is just one episode.

It was a Saturday night, two or three o’clock in the morning, and I was covering all of Oxdiff, a huge work center with lots of space. I was worshipping as I worked, asking the Holy Spirit what Jesus would like to hear, then singing it as an offering to him.

A guy from Photo walked into my area to drop off a batch, and, as he left, he stopped by my desk and said, “Boy, can I ever smell incense”. I said something like, “Really?” and he said, “Yes, and it’s really strong around you.”

Now, you have to understand that I work in a Class 10 clean room with laminar air flow. We are not allowed to wear cosmetics or perfume, so technically, he should not have been able to smell anything. Curious and wondering if my holy spirit intuition was right, I asked him, “What does it smell like?” because I couldn’t smell anything. He said, “It’s the most beautiful smell, like flowers and yet sweet.”

A big smile hit my face as I then proceeded to explain how in Psalms it talks about how our prayers rise up like incense before God (Psalm 141:2). He thought this was really cool and then left.

I got busy with my work and thanked God for making me a priest to serve him (1 Peter 2:9). A little while later I had to bring a batch to the other end of the lab. On my way, I passed by this fellow again and he was talking to two other men. I noticed he was sniffing the air as I walked by. I smiled and kept going.

When I got back to my area he came over and said that it was definitely me — that all around me was this smell of incense but the guys he was with couldn’t smell it either, just like I couldn’t.

I said, “I guess God wanted you to know that He’s listening to our prayers, praise and worship and that He’s here”. So I encouraged him to keep reading his bible and asking Jesus questions then expecting answers. What a night! It’s never happened again but, wow, what an awesome God we serve!

There are a couple of things I’d like to reflect on. First, I was really encouraged. I had been talking to the Lord about this fellow because I didn’t have the opportunity to pray with him the prayer of salvation (Romans 10:9-10) and I had asked God to show me if he was saved. This episode opened the door for me to ask if he had made Jesus the Lord of his life (John 16:23-24), and, yes, he had!

Second, sometimes we need to know that the Lord enjoys our praise and worship (little songs) while we do the common, mundane things of life. Scripture says that “The Father seeks those who will worhip him in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:23-24). My life is so busy I keep asking the Holy Spirit to teach me how to walk with one ear always tuned to heaven. He’s been faithful to teach me how to “Let the word of Christ dwell in [me] richly as [I] teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as [I] sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in [my heart] to God.” (Colossians 3:16)

Finally, I was thrilled to think that all night long the people I work with are coming in contact with the living God because I’m doing my part. As we choose to pick up our cross and follow him and choose to walk in love, His presence goes with us. (Luke 9:23, Romans 12:1, 1 John 4:16). Praise God! We can all make a difference.

I pray we all remember that when we are doing the “every day, mundane, boring, chores of life”.

God bless you as you pursue Him!