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:
The hardest thing for me sometimes is getting started. I make lists of my prayer requests—things I need to do—in my prayer journal. These items come under the general category of “I need your help, Lord, with…”
On Saturday mornings I often get on cooking jags, but after one morning when I had cooked up the pumpkins and made puree, I realized I was going to need a little help turning all that orange mush into bread.
However, through the years I’ve grown wise—I know that sometimes God helps me by providing human hands. So, when a friend, a retired home-economics teacher, told me to ask her for help anytime I needed things to get done, I made note. Sometimes a big project is just a matter of getting started and sometimes getting started is a matter of someone else jumping in and lending a hand.
“Do you think you could give me a hand making bread one morning next week?” My domestic arts teaching friend was more than willing, she was eager: “Do you want me to bring my cranberry recipe as well?” she asked. I did.
My friend left after several hours of work on the appointed baking day—five cranberry breads were either in the oven or on the way there. A batch of pumpkin-bread dough was sitting in the aluminum bowl. By the end of that afternoon, working steadily on my own after my co-worker had left to grandparent-sit, another six loaves of pumpkin-nut bread were sitting on the counter. The kitchen project had yielded 11 golden, well-baked, delicious loaves of sweet breads. I kept two out for breakfast the next day and tucked the rest into plastic bags and popped them into the freezer.
I am ready (bread-wise, at least) for the holidays ahead and all because someone just got me started.
Thank you God for help. Once again, I spy You at work.
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.