Do I really think the God of the Universe is interested in helping me find my cell phone (which I did find after a busy weekend without my cell—in a winter-coat pocket)? Our lives are filled these days with wonderful unplanned serendipitous events—more than usual, it seems. I always attribute these life-gifts to divine interventions, and I daily give thanksgiving for them.
However, as I was searching for my cell—the battery had run down in the two days I didn’t search for it—looking upstairs, downstairs, in the basement and then repeating the circuit when there was no success, I had a thought: Did I really think that the God of the Universe was interested in this minor inconvenience in my life—finding my cell?
After months without the answering machine working on our landline phone (and not having the time to go through the files in the basement where I store warranties, operating instructions and repair-order forms), I breathed a morning prayer, Lord, help me to get that answering device fixed on the phone. While wiping the dust off the little stool that holds our kitchen phone, I noticed the receiver needed a swipe as well as the call buttons. I gave them some quick attention, and next thing I knew, an automated voice was informing me, “Answering device is now on.” Wearing glasses, I discovered that sure enough, there is a button that turns on or off the recording that says, “Hello! This is the Mains residence. We can’t come to the phone right now, but if you will leave a message, we will return your call.”
Button on. Button off. That was all it took to correct my phone problem.
Yet, the question still remained: Did I really think the God of the Universe was interested in showing me that I had forgotten about my on/off button on the landline, and manipulated my cleaning inclinations to notice dust I hadn’t paid attention to for months and thereby discover a simple solution?
I’m not sure how this works: Does the great Divine Mind really lovingly attend to the minutiae that we humans are continually battling? Or is there a “ministry of minutiae” assigned to angelic-like beings that aid us when we lose things, can’t find the car keys, forget the basic operating systems of our machinery, don’t remember the password and send up those constant pleas for help?
I really don’t know. It seems implausible God would care about such trivia. Yet, it is often in the small attentions, the little things or simple solutions that I feel loving care. How relieved I am that people who need to get hold of us can leave a message. How glad I am to have found the cell.
I suppose people who don’t pray find their lost things and discover simple solutions anyway (but that doesn’t mean that the Divine, however it functions, isn’t at work in their lives). I’d like to think they don’t find things as much as we who pray do and that solutions to simple problems evade them more frequently. I don’t know.
All I do know is that when I pray, something loving and tender touches me. I am filled with delight and gratefulness and know that I am loved. God is good. All the time. All the time. God is good—even in the little things found and the simple solutions discovered. I don’t need to know how it works.
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.