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 is our 50th wedding anniversary. It is amazing to us, given the completely different temperaments we have, that we have not only endured this many years of marriage, but that we have thrived.
Some friends are going to all the work of putting together a combination celebration and church reunion. Over 200 people are gathering this Sunday, June 26th, to worship God, catch up with one another, and say, “Good job in sticking together, you Mainses.”
All our children and grandchildren are coming, and we will go away to the summer home of our son-in-law’s brother, not too far away, in Michigan. All of this, of course, is gift enough for David and me. We’ve never been people to make much of birthdays or anniversaries—sometimes, I’m afraid, observing them in quasi-special ways only to have something sufficient to tell to friends who inquired, “So, how did you celebrate?”
But, as we were in the midst of gathering addresses and making sure our kids had this date down on all their calendars, I realized that God had given us an amazing 50th-anniversary present.
Last year, at the Stratford Festival, which we have attended for over 35 years each summer, some friends who have traveled with us overseas in the past mentioned that they would like to take the trip to Italy we had talked about for seven years. One of the small ministries I have undertaken has been to set up “pilgrimages” overseas. Journeying anywhere can be used as an incredible metaphor for the spiritual life. Some inheritance money had come their way they said, and we could use some toward this trip as a site visit for other pilgrimages with more people in the future.
These friends didn’t know that this summer, a year later, we would be celebrating our 50th anniversary, but God did. I am working on a journey to Italy for this fall—our anniversary year.
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.