June 1, 2014 by Beth Hess
We set out on the trail not knowing where it would lead. It was a method that had served us well over our days exploring Yellowstone and The Tetons. Previously gifted with sightings of a bald eagle soaring over a lake, a moose in the river at sunset, and a bear that walked right past our restaurant window, we were certainly willing to risk a few steps to find whatever might lay past the trailhead.
After a short walk, the plains opened to a drop-off, and we found ourselves alone at the top of a waterfall. Not one of the park’s famous ones. Not a particularly large or impressive one. But arched across its spray was a perfect rainbow. Each color from red to violet distinct and bright. So brilliant and obvious, we both literally gasped at the sight of it. I could hardly move.
Moments later, another group of trail trekkers came into the area. I adjusted my position to allow them a view, careful to keep the colors before me. They did not stay long. A few photos were snapped, but there was no overt sense of awe.
In the place I could not look away, they did not bother to linger.
In fact, not one of them uttered the word “rainbow.”
“What if I made it just for you?” my Jesus whispered.
Could it be? Did they really not see it? Was the rainbow our gift alone?
And maybe — just maybe — they couldn’t see because they were not seeking.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 29:13-14a)
God is actually pretty famous for this kind of behavior in my life. For moments that remind me, yes, He sees. A wink in my direction. A message sent in our own secret language. An inside joke between friends.
In both ordinary and extraordinary settings, I see them when I seek them. I mourn those I surely have missed when I’m not.
So my prayer this week is to be consciously aware. To seek with my whole heart. To receive these treasured drops of grace throughout my days.
For He has promised this and more: A God Seeker will be a God Spotter.
He will be Found.
(Would you share with me where you spot God in your days? Those who are learning to seek are surely encouraged by those who report back on the treasure that is found. Please consider posting in the comments below. Thank you.)____________________________________________________
I return each Sabbath for a fresh Word of the Week. For the God-breathed pages to come alive in a phrase or two on which to spend a 7-day feast. To meditate upon. To use as a jumping off point for whatever other words God would have me hear during the week. I would love for you to join the Word of the Week (WOW) discussion by adding your selected verse to the comments … or reflections on any scripture reading.
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