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:
Our house is surrounded by wooded patches of land, small stands of trees and brush that get scrubby and look ugly to my eye. Old wood has fallen, large branches clutter the ground. So last year I bought a good power saw to take to this debris this spring before the trees leafed out and made a difficult job even more difficult.
However, when I went to find the power saw in our garage, which had become messier and messier over the winter (sorry to say, most of it was my mess), I couldn’t find it. I hunted around under and behind the piles of stuff that needed storing in the attic. No power saw. Maybe I had carried it up myself to store in the attic over the winter. Nothing in that mess up there either.
Could it possibly be that someone had walked into our garage, seen the saw and taken it? A trail bike I bought for David some years ago had disappeared in exactly this way.
There certainly was no money this spring to buy a new saw. So, delayed in my intent, the trees in the wood patch leafed, and now, even with a rented saw, it would be a huge job (not to mention dangerous) to clamber into that briar patch of fallen timber and attempt to clean it out. I’d have to wait until the fall again.
On February 15, 2012, I wrote in my prayer journal under a section I titled “Lord, I Need Help With…” (I need help, it seems, with so many things) “power saw gone.” On March 4, 2012, I wrote in my prayer journal, “Where oh where has my power saw gone / Oh where, oh where can it be?”
I found the power saw on Saturday April 1, 2012. It was right where I had stacked it, in the garden tool corner, but there were so many baskets and boxes in front of it, I couldn’t locate it (let alone the imaginary thief who I thought might have absconded with it from the garage).
All this to remind myself how remarkable it is to keep a list of my prayer requests. (And how funny it seems that I found the saw that was not stolen on April 1 in the year 2012!) I don’t know, however, if this is an answered prayer or a joke on me because the garage was a mess due to my lack of storing Christmas stuff back in the attic due to the fact that I wanted to get the attic organized before storing the Christmas stuff back there.
Oh well—frail human that I am, deficient in the organizational genes, I didn’t lose the new power saw I bought last year. I just couldn’t find it! And my prayer journal is giving me kind of a funny record of my own debilities. This year, the power saw is going up in the newly organized, easy-access attic. (That way, I’ll know where to find it if I can’t find it again.)
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.
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