Meeting God in Quiet Places ~ F. LaGard Smith

Wherever we are, God is always close. But as Jesus himself demonstrated, there is something about quiet times and quiet places that helps us to get closer to God. That special solitude provides a time of rest and renewal from a secular world that is busily ignoring God. It is a time of remembering who we are and why we are.

In the Cotswolds, I experience daily the words of that great hymn written by I. B. Sergei:

My God and I go through the fields together.
We walk and talk, as good friends should and do.
We clasp our hands, our voices ring with laughter.
My God and I walk through the meadow’s hue.

He tells me of the years that went before me,
When heavenly plans were made for me to be.
When all was but a dream of dim conception,
To come to life, earth’s verdant glory see.

For those who walk hand in hand with Jesus, every day is a holiday – a holy day before God. Some of us are specially blessed to have a life more conducive to the peace and quiet of holy days before God. But as someone who finds himself thrust back each year into the harsh reality of big-city madness, I know that the greater challenge is to find God in the midst of a metropolis. To see his hand in the inner city and among the urban sprawl; to find time for him in an already-overbooked schedule; to find a quiet place amid a constant bedlam of noise.

If we don’t take the time to remember, we’re in danger of forgetting his blessings. Therefore, take a few moments every day, if possible, or perhaps plan ahead to spend an afternoon walking in prayer with him. Whenever you feel your hand slipping from his, take some extra time to remember all that he has meant to you. And why not write down some of his special blessings throughout the year?”

This is the village of Buckland in the Cotswolds. I was so excited to stumble upon it with “Dear” and Katie in 2004 after reading this devotional by F. LaGard Smith. The book is “Dedicated to the people of Buckland, who have opened their hearts and homes to make me feel a part of the village.” We strolled around Buckland and it made me want to re-read the book. This book was one of those “treasures” that I happened upon in my thrift store shopping. I found it at the Senior thrift shop on Whidbey Island in the little village of Langley, Washington. If you ever visit Washington take a ferry to Whidbey Island and enjoy the many quaint towns and beautiful scenery this Island affords. Whidbey Island is one of those places on earth that you can feel closer to the Lord just by being there. May you walk hand in hand with Jesus  wherever you are today, in the hustle and bustle, or in a serene and quiet place.

Meeting God In Quiet Places copyright 1992 by F. LaGard Smith, Published by harvest House Publishers, Eugene, Oregon, 97402

6 thoughts on “Meeting God in Quiet Places ~ F. LaGard Smith

  1. “If we don’t take the time to remember, we’re in danger of forgetting his blessings. Therefore, take a few moments every day, if possible, or perhaps plan ahead to spend an afternoon walking in prayer with him.”

    Love this part. I remember when you got this book! It was right before you guys left on your trip. Too funny.

  2. This sounds such a beautiful book, I’ll have to add it to my ‘must read’ list.

    Hi Sarah, It’s all inspired by everyday scenes in the Cotswolds. I hope it’s still in print.

  3. You are right, it is a wonderful book. There is a companion book also called, Meeting God in Holy Places.
    I have been to Buckland a few times. It is a very pretty little village with walking paths that lead to a walker’s paradise.

    Hi Jim, Thanks for stopping and commenting. I also purchased the Meeting God in Holy Places…enjoyed it, too. Sounds like you might love England as we do.

  4. Ellen, Today is May 11,2008, Mothers Day morning. I came upon your web site when I googled F. LaGard Smith. I had just finished his book “Meeting God In Quite Places” The last chapter, which I read this morning, touched me so that I wanted to write him and thank him for this beautiful book. I received it from a dear friend in 1992 and just seemed to always be to busy to read it thru until lately. I am a widow of two years and the mother of five grown children, the grandmother of ten & one half grandchildren and great grandmother of five little dear ones. As a widow I felt like my life was over when “my man” died. I am just now finding my way back to life and this book has made a big diffrence to me. Yes, I love my God and my Jesus and have followed them all of my life, but this is a lonelyness that can’t be explaiined. The last long trip my husband and I took was to spend one month in England and Scotland in 1996. We truly looked into moving there because we loved the life and beauty of the land so much. But it did make us come back home to the USA and find that beauty here. We had lived all over this country so it made us look around see what God had given us. Anyway, I just want to thank you for your web site and I do look forward to reading more of your life. God bless you for your love of sharing with all of us.

  5. “Meeting God in Quiet Places” A new DVD and Apple iPhone App for you from 2liv4!

    For six months every year American author F LaGard Smith abandons the hustle and bustle of modern US life and comes to England to walk, write and meditate in the beautiful tranquility of the Cotswolds. From the rustic charm of his stone cottage LaGard Smith has penned numerous books that explore life and spirituality.

    “Meeting God in Quiet Places” was a best seller in the USA and this series of short films wonderfully captures the atmosphere of the book recreating some of his best loved stories. More information is at http://magpix.co.uk/Pages/MGQP.html

    The films bring together Smith’s rich and charming narration with the stunning beauty of England in summer and winter. Set against a moving soundtrack, LaGard Smith walks us through fields and country lanes reflecting on themes that touch us all at points in our lives in a series of short timeless parables.

    To see a sample of the content on the DVD go here:
    http://www.tangle.com/view_video.php?viewkey=297321e09f9fb8470411

    “Meeting God in Quiet Places” will leave you longing for the peace and tranquility that can be found not just when walking in the countryside but wherever we find ourselves in our busy modern lives.

    Come on a journey that may just change your life.

    Search in the Apple iPhone Apps store for ‘Meeting God’ to download the App.

    Filmed and Produced by Magnetic Pictures (www.magpix.co.uk) for 2liv4.

    To order the full DVD “Meeting God in Quiet Places” click on the link below.
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    Regards
    Paul Wareing

  6. This was written in 2007, It still makes sense in 2012.
    ” Whenever you feel your hand slipping from his, take some extra time to remember all that he has meant to you.”
    That’s what I’m doing now.. 🙂

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