For example, I have learned that overlooking the city of Rome there is a priory on Aventine Hill (one of the seven hills of Rome) called the Villa del Priorato dei Cavalieri di Malta. What makes the priory especially noteworthy is that, if you walk up to the door and peek through the keyhole, you get a remarkable view of three different sovereign states (the Sovereign Order of Malta, the Vatican, and the Republic of Italy) with the dome of St. Peter's Basilica as the center focus.
Nobody seems to know whether this stunning view-through-the-keyhole was planned when the priory was built and the door was set in place or if it was truly a heaven-sent coincidence.
In either case, imagine the feeling that would come across some unsuspecting tourist. He walks up to the priory door and feels a little nosy – so he peeks through the keyhole hoping at best for maybe a narrow glimpse of the priory courtyard. Instead, to his great surprise, a vista of grandeur spans before him. He might have the humbling sense that someone somehow knew that one day he would stumble across this place and thus had gone to great lengths to prepare for him a generous panorama of glory.
Sometimes our faith journey can be like that. It can be like going in for a quick peek through a keyhole and finding that someone has been there waiting and is looking back at you.
There are times when, as I read the Scriptures, it feels that Scripture is reading me. There is the sense that somehow Someone knew that on that particular day I would come to that passage and thus was waiting there to meet me with just the word or message that I needed.
If we're paying attention we all will have God moments like that. We might stumble unsuspectingly through our days but every now and then along the way we find that God has prearranged gifts and glimpses of glory that surprise us. There are moments that help us to know that there is a greater Someone who has been there all along who knows us and has been waiting for us and has planned something great to bless us.
There are all sorts of surprises off the beaten path of our spiritual journey. Hidden gems await those who will slow down, pay attention on the way, and let Someone else be the guide. Summer is coming. Travel well.