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 everyday occurrences of your life. Here’s one of my personal God Hunt Sightings:
I had never heard before of the “reticular activating system,” but the women of my small Hungry Souls planning team seemed to be familiar with it. An Internet search informed me that the RAS is one of the most important parts of the brain. Neuroscience has revealed that this part of the brain, located near the stem, the thalamus (I am still learning, so pardon me, any neuroscientists reading my blog).
It performs various important functions, one of which is the regulation of transition between sleep and wakefulness, but the function of the reticular activating system that most intrigues me is its capacity to filter out information, once a person has programmed himself to achieve a certain goal—like writing a book on listening, as I am now doing. Having experienced this in other situations, such as when pregnant, noticing that the world is full of other pregnant women—something I had not noticed when I was not pregnant (the goal, of course, was to deliver a healthy baby), I am totally psyched for the quotes, conversations, books, testimonies to the physiological impact of the a regular practice of listening to others in a small-group setting.
Of course, one cannot scientifically measure the work of the Holy Spirit in laboratories set up to study the brain. Neurosurgeons think the brain is the most fascinating and complex organism on earth—naturally, they would. And I am prepared to give a nod to the RAS and to give praise to a Creator who could design such a complicated physiognomy that brilliant scientists can scarcely fathom its function.
For now, and because it is the habit of decades, I will give credit to the Holy Spirit who moves in mystery and brings to light truths we didn’t know we should know, and who displays beauty of thing or idea or of substance that we can scarcely apprehend; yet we do!
I trust that the RAS and the Holy Spirit, working in conjunction somehow, will focus my attention on the task at hand—and assist me in the learning I need in order to write the book I am impelled to write.
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.