My husband was reading from the book of Matthew. You know the part where Jesus says, “Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place…just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.” (MSG)


As he read, I heard a familiar gravely motor sound and looked out the window to see an old red beetle VW bug pulling away from the stop sign near our house. The glimpse and the sound of that little vehicle immediately took my mind to our son who drove a red 1973 bug in his high school years. When he left for college the driving privilege was passed on to his sister who faithfully drove it until she headed off to school. Later the car was transported to Pella for some great wedding shots on a crisp January day…and again in May as a get-away car for another wedding. Ah..thank you God for these endearing recollections.



As that passing red bug shot precious memories into my mind, I think that we can experience glimpses of God in quiet and unexpected ways. Sometimes those sightings happen in a secluded place where our full attention is directed toward Him.  These are grace filled and glorious moments. His Word fills us with His presence, with the sense of being loved and peace that He is near. We can purposefully look for Him there. He promises to be in that quiet place because He sees what is done in secret.


Other times we can catch glimpses of Him in unexpected and un-asked-for ways. In the past couple of weeks I have seen Him! Somehow I had eyes to see!

  • While standing at a clearing during long and difficult upward climb in full view of a breathtaking mountain scene, I stood in awe, knowing that God was the creator and sustainer of that place.
  • I walked along the Pacific beach experiencing the roaring of the waves and feeling the powerful wind joyfully laughing out the presence of God.
  • I saw him in a day where miraculously several things came together and no one could have predicted it!
  • He showed himself in the gracious healing (one more time) of a 97 year old body after a mild stroke.
  • And what about that lovely quiet haze this morning in Bever Park? The beautiful spirit of God was hovering in and around every branch and leaf.

Richard Foster writes that creation “is always doing the will of the Father.” It is constantly doing what it was eternally created to do.


Elizabeth Barrett Browning declared: “Earth’s crammed with Heaven, and every common bush afire with God; but only he who sees, takes off his shoes.”


Whether it is in a little red car or a majestic snow covered mountain, God shows himself to us. How are your eyes? Have you glimpsed Him today? We can go after Him in our quiet place or He can come to us in random but very clear ways. Let’s keep our eyes open! Let’s have eyes to see…Him.

From the desk ofDeane Watters, The Ultimate Journey Director

From the desk of
Deane Watters, The Ultimate Journey Director