Gods Glory in Trash & Traffic

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork” Psalm 19:1.

The gaslight came on right as traffic was starting to get heavy, in a stressful spot where three freeways converged at once. I asked Siri where the nearest gas station was, and naïvely following her directions, crossed over several more freeways and miles of L.A. city streets to get there. It was so far out of the way! I still had hours of driving ahead of me!

I took a deep breath as I put the nozzle in the tank. I closed my eyes and soaked in the sunshine. The breeze swept across my face and I couldn’t help but smile.

I had been so caught up in getting to the next thing, I failed to notice what an absolutely gorgeous day it was. I stepped inside the gas station and treated myself to a cherry coke and bag of chips. The gas was pumping the slowest I’ve ever seen it, but I didn’t care. I munched on my junk food and thought about how nice it felt to be standing outside.

On the drive home, instead of getting mad at how slow we were creeping along, I appreciated just how green and tropical even the ugliest landscape is here in Southern California. We’re all just too busy to notice. It’s easy to see trash and traffic, but if we widen our perspectives a little we can notice God’s glory in the most stressful of situations.

God, how many times have I failed to notice you because I’m so focused on getting wherever I’m going? Please help me slow down today and see the little things that make each day worth a smile.


Sarah Witmer