Word of the Week: For When You Feel Like God is Hiding


June 1, 2014 by Beth Hess


Jeremiah29.13-14We 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. 

Linking with Unforced Rhythms — a wonderful community of writers who gather each Monday to share with you HERE.


14 thoughts on “Word of the Week: For When You Feel Like God is Hiding

  1. hisfirefly says:

    Jesus DID say – may he who has eyes to see, see
    what a blessing your eyes and heart and spirit are open


  2. poetry joy says:

    A beautiful reflection, Beth. I echo your thoughts here, “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.” Amen! God always leaves glimmers of grace in every circumstance and place for those with eyes to see them. Thank you for seeing, observing enough to see God’s hand at work and helping us to see it too through your words. Have a blessed week. 🙂


  3. kd sullivan says:

    Oh my! Your words make me feel as though I have found a new friend! A kindred spirit! I am excited to follow your words the way you speak of following a path to his secret delights, made just for us!


  4. I love these words — “A God Seeker will be a God Spotter.” In this season of the year, I’m seeing Him in so many places but lately in the acceptance of my SIL who has been transplanted after 60 years in the same place to an assisted living center 200 miles away to be nearer us and other family. It must be a hard transition having just lost her husband, but He is providing such peace and calm there. Visiting from Unforced Rhythms. Blessings on your week.


    • Beth Hess says:

      It’s especially beautiful when we see God show up in the hard stuff, isn’t it, Sherrey. So, so sweet to taste him in our hungry places. Thanks for stopping by.


  5. Yes, yes … those unmarked trails, the hidden pathways are the ones worth seeking, Beth. For the richest treasures are often spied along the way …


  6. Simply Beth says:

    I really love that you are doing this every Monday. In my own personal time I should spend more time meditating on verses speaking to my heart. I’m still drawn to the verse from Phil. 4:8 — “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” I want to be focused on the beauty. Blessings to you, Beth. xoxo


    • Beth Hess says:

      It’s a constant battle to filter our thoughts through the lens of grace, isn’t it, Beth. But worth it. Oh, so worth it. Thanks for the important reminder.


  7. eviejanese says:

    ❤️ Thank you, Beth!



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