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 have never lived through a spring like this year. We had the warmest March on record, with minimal snowfall this winter. Consequently, everything is blooming at once. The daffodils and the weeping willow and the forsythia bushes are being crowded out of their usual early-spring territory by normally later-blooming red buds, flowering crabs and apple trees. Even the lilacs, which generally bloom in late May, are pushing to become part of the show. It is breathtaking and nothing, nothing is scant. Every tree, every bush, every flower is replete with verdancy.
There has never, in my whole life, been so much spring color all at once. It is glorious. The weather is mild, and I have intentionally put out of my mind the fact that some weather monster is probably waiting in some La Niña zone just to blast the memory of this spring from our consciousness with some infinitely nastier terror.
I am determined to enjoy this spring of 2012 that is like no other I have ever known and will probably never know again. Perhaps Heaven’s springs—however that works in that eternal dimension that is beyond time—are like this—everything blooming at once, vying for attention, being the best that its Creator endowed it to be, with no hurricanes to blow ashore, no tornadoes to tear up the ground and defrock the buds, no unseasonal rains to un-root trees in torrents of swelling water. Just spring, perfect, for an eon, then summer for an eon, then autumn—and winter that blows beautiful white and stunning but politely goes.
I bought red wheatberry seeds from the bins at Whole Foods next week. I planted these three weeks before Easter last year and had clear plastic cups, flat glass pie plates, and silver pots all over the house. The grass grew so profusely and so rapidly that I had to give it frequent haircuts so it wouldn’t droop and dangle for the Easter table centerpiece.
This week, my two grandsons and I washed small plastic garden pots in the dishwasher, filled them with potting soil, and shook wheatberry seeds on the top, covering each just a little with loose soil. They sit on the back patio in black photography trays, watered slightly with the hose—all 36 pots in all. The grass on the lawn is turning vibrant green and needs to be mowed. Will the winterberry seed do as well outside as it did inside?
Just to be safe, I also have more pots inside. As soon as I set the dining-room table tomorrow to wait for Easter, I’ll plant winterberry, wrap the pots in copper foil and plop them in the glass and crystal dishes I march down the table filled with house orchids and decorated emptied eggshells. Pink fat candles, salmon placemats and napkins, and pink water-glasses complete the look. If the winterberry doesn’t grow fast enough for Easter, but is just peeking through, small blades of green pointing upward, I’ll send the wrapped pots home with guests, give them as spring gifts to friends as the promise that even thought this spring may never be repeated again, the season of spiritual Resurrection is celebrated every year by the Church and by Christians who believe—all who understand the possibility of life, that it sprouts small green shoots in the heart every day, in every way, again and again.
It has been proven through the centuries that no storm can take that away from us.
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.