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:
This past May in Budapest (of all places), I had dinner with the couple who had organized our conference, which was examining church health ministry in Europe. The event was winding down, people were taking off for the airport and we just grabbed the evening to have dinner to get to know one another better.
In time my new friends mentioned that Catherine, among her many credentials, had been the past vice-president of the American Diabetes Association. This intrigued me because I have a daughter-in-law who has suffered with diabetes since she was four years old, and my grandson, their only child, came down with childhood-onset diabetes last year. He is now 11.
Our conversation was extremely informative—I realized there is so much about diabetes, including the long-range, cumulative impact of living with a chronic disease (from which there is no “vacation”), that I was not equipped to understand.
It “just so happened” that my new friends were coming to Chicago in June for the graduation of a son-in-law from the University of Chicago’s Ph.D. program. It “just so happened” they had some time and could have dinner in our home. It “just so happened” that my son and my grandson were free to join us. It “just so happened” we all got together last Monday night for cold cantaloupe soup, broiled salmon, braised asparagus, black bean mango salad, and dessert.
The more we talked, the more convinced I became that God had divinely appointed this meeting—Budapest to Chicago. David and I realized we really did not know what our adult kids were coping with in living with this interminable, “mean” disease. We needed to be more proactive and empathetic. Our son felt like he was having a discussion with one of the top experts on diabetes in the country, which he was—what a comfort.
At the end of the evening, Catherine and her husband urged our son to set up a support team to “do life” with this condition and gave specific suggestions as to how to go about this. Then Catherine leaned across the table and said, “One of the joys I have is being available to people who are struggling with the inevitable crunches a disease like diabetes can bring into their lives. If you ever need to talk to someone, ask a question, or if you ever just need an understanding friend, I want to be there for you.”
We teach people that one of the ways God intervenes in our daily lives is through unusual incidents of linkage and timing—those amazing circumstances about which we are inclined to say, “What an amazing coincidence!” But for those who walk with God, nothing is coincidental. Nothing is outside the circle of God’s loving care. He is the Circle whose Center is everywhere (even at dinner in Budapest) and whose Perimeter is nowhere.
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.