Have you ever gone on a God Hunt? A God Hunt begins when you teach yourself to look for God’s hand at work in the every day occurrences of your life. Here’s one of my personal God Hunt Sightings:
God Hunt sightings are not always as obvious as the one my husband David and I had the other day, but when you’ve spent nearly a lifetime (x2) searching for the ways God intervenes in your everyday world, you don’t miss the obvious when it happens.
We pulled into a local gas station, and two young adults approached David as he got out to fill the tank on our Mazda Protégé. “Do you mind if we check your windshield for pockmarks or nicks?” They were wearing safety vests to indicate, I suppose, some kind of official capacity.
“No problem there,” replied my husband. “Just had the windshield replaced last week.” (To the tune of almost $300, I might add.)
“Was it covered by your insurance?” the young woman asked. “If you have comprehensive, they’ll pay for the replacement.” David pulled out our Allstate card, which we keep tucked into a packet on the sun visor, and sure enough, we had comprehensive coverage.
I suppose this twosome were drumming up business at gas stations. The comprehensive-insurance gambit was a great idea for some windshield-repair salespeople. Several mechanics had recommended we get ours replaced and not wait for the 10-inch crack to inevitably creep toward the dashboard, so we did. We hadn’t even thought that Allstate would happily compensate us for this repair.
More to the point (of God-hunting), we had never before been asked, while stopped at a gas station, if someone could check our windshield for pockmarks or nicks. We “just happened” to stop to fill our tank at that moment, that hour, that day. And—we have never seen this twosome working that station, or any station, since.
Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?
“Well,” David and I said to one another, practically at the same time, while exiting the station, “that was a God Hunt sighting!”
God often moves in our lives in the most concrete of ways, but because we are not on the lookout for Him, we miss these exquisite, delightful, sometimes thrilling and sometimes hilarious moments that fill the days.
My husband called our insurance company the moment we got back to the office. David and I both wrote this incident down in our separate prayer journals. We told friends about it. We have just heard that “the check is in the mail.”
Award-winning author Karen Mains continues to write content for her Christian blog, “Thoughts-by-Karen-Mains.” In so doing, she desires to touch the lives of Christian women and men and help them find ways to walk closer with the Lord Jesus Christ. In addition, through silent retreats, spiritual teaching, women’s retreats, Christian vacation opportunities, and other ministry activities, Karen helps each Christian woman and man receive vital spiritual food.
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Karen has long had an interest in spiritual formation and the obedient Christian walk and is the author of The God Hunt: The Delightful Chase & the Wonder of Being Found.
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