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:
In his book The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See, Richard Rohr writes: “It is living in the naked now, the ‘sacrament of the present moment,’ that will teach us how to actually experience our experiences whether good, bad, or ugly, and how to let them transform us. Words by themselves will invariably divide the moment; pure presence lets it be what it is, as it is. When you can be present, you will know the Real Presence. I promise you this is true.”
When I am totally, fully, completely living in the moment, in the now that is given to me, no matter the place or time, I find this to be true. God, the Real Presence of which Rohr writes, always meets me in that place. But work, the crowd of things to do, the lists that grow no matter how much I scratch things off them, the rush of responsibilities, the crashing crush of housekeeping, writing, traveling, strategizing, detailing, organizing, the labor of the office, keep me from being fully in the now and from meeting Him delightfully, satisfyingly, richly in that now.
I am working at not working so consecutively, so that I can concentrate on being (“when you can be present, you will know the Real Presence”). Even now, writing this blog, I have to remind myself to take a deep breath, to love the act of writing, to remember the moments where the sudden intake of my own breath indicated I was aware of the sublime. As the sign in my bathroom reminds me,
Life is not so much a matter of how many breaths you take
as it is a matter of how many moments take your breath away.
I spy God!
Award-winning author Karen Mains has long had an interest in spiritual formation and the obedient Christian walk. She has written about the God Hunt in her book by the same name, The God Hunt: The Delightful Chase and the Wonder of Being Found. A hardback copy can be ordered from Mainstay Ministries for $10.00 plus $4.95 shipping and handling. Contact Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will be happy to autograph a copy for you.
Karen 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.
Through her Hungry Souls ministry, Karen serves as a spiritual coach to many Christian women and men, and teaches a mentor-writing class. And, through the Global Bag Project, she is working to develop a network of African women who sew exquisite cloth reusable shopping bags, Africa bags. This micro-finance women opportunity helps provide a much-needed sustainable income for struggling African families. For more information on this critically important project, please click here.
For decades, Karen and her husband, David, have served God through religious communications—radio, television, and print publication. They are the co-authors of the Kingdom Tales Trilogy: Tales of the Kingdom, Tales of the Resistance, and Tales of the Restoration. To find many valuable resources for pastors and congregations at the Mainstay Ministries main website, please click here.
Likewise, pastors will find special resources to help them prepare effective, life-transforming Sunday sermons by visiting David Mains’ website by clicking here.