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:
Sometimes the news and the mayhem of this world are too much. The constant inhumanity of people to people, horrific glimpses into the heart of evil, make me take a deep stabbing breath and wonder, How could anyone do that to a child? Or to a spouse? Or a parent? Reports of world tragedies, of global warning, of greed and plunder, are almost too much to fathom. Oh, if someone would just report on the stories of everyday courage, I think (these slip out once in a while just to assure us that everyone is not a monster—but we don’t hear about them enough). If only we had leaders who modeled civility and kindness and generosity and idealism.
I lie awake at night thinking, I can’t bear it anymore. What will this world be like for my children and my children’s children? Of course, every generation has thought this, but this is my time and these are my fears and anxieties for what appears to be an increasing degradation of our culture and an outrageous American propensity to contribute to the destabilization of the world. I remember a time when we were convinced we were good and brought compassionate goodness wherever we could.
I’ve been rereading Edward Hirsch’s wonderful book How to Read a Poem (And Fall in Love With Poetry), and this work introduced me to the Polish poet Adam Zagajewski, whose poems are often filled, as Hirsch explains, with “moments of spiritual lucidity … transporting us into a realm that is majestic, boundless and unknown.” Zagajewski came to the attention of a shocked and stunned population after the Twin Towers were and the people within them were annihilated by terrorist attacks on 9/11. This poem was printed in The New Yorker 9/13. Sometimes the poet speaks the remedy for mutilation better than the politician or the philosopher.
Try to praise the mutilated world
Remember June’s long days,
and wild strawberries, drops of wine, the dew.
The nettles that methodically overgrow
the abandoned homesteads of exiles.
You must praise the mutilated world.
You watched the stylish yachts and ships;
one of them had a long trip ahead of it,
while salty oblivion awaited others.
You’ve seen the refugees heading nowhere,
you’ve heard the executioners sing joyfully.
You should praise the mutilated world.
Remember the moments when we were together
in a white room and the curtain fluttered.
Return in thought to the concert where music flared.
You gathered acorns in the park in autumn
and leaves eddied over the earth’s scars.
Praise the mutilated world
and the gray feather a thrush lost,
and the gentle light that strays and vanishes
This helps a little—and then I wonder, What does God find to give praise for in His mutilated world?
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.
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