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:
One of the great gifts in a mature garden is that there is plenty to share—and deep joy that comes from giving away the plants that you have nurtured.
So, last week I dug out filipendula, Lady’s mantle, a flaming bush, mint, and false anemone for Marissa’s garden beds. Then, I potted up more of the same for my pastor’s wife, who has a beautifully seeded lawn and is ready to put in perennial beds. Pam went happily off with an SUV filled with black pots of freshly divided plants—she took all the Japanese iris we had dug out.
I remember the feeling. One spring, and for several summers after, a new friend planted a perennial garden with me, using all the divisions from her garden. What a gift! So, I know well what it means to have things given to you freely that you do not have the means to purchase for yourself.
But, more than the memory of having been a beneficiary of the generous bounty of someone else, there is simply joy—deep, deep satisfaction—in being able to give away the beauty of the garden: Lady’s mantle, with its pleated leaves that cup the raindrops; Canadian ginger, which forms the most satisfactory ground cover and that has tiny purple flowers that hide under the green leaves; the early spring purple flags of the Japanese iris. All these greening gifts that remind me continually of the infinite capacities of God’s creative nature, and that have delighted my eye morning after morning, season after season, year after year, are wondrous to me to share. I feel as though I had a pile of money and have given half it away. I feel as though I’ve had vegetables and shared it with the hungry.
This must be how God feels when He lavishes His gifts on us—joy that it is there to give, that it is beautiful, and that someone, one of His children, is thrilled to receive it. Thank You, God, that I have plenty from the garden to share. Thank You that I see You in the giving and receiving of it all.
Don’t let any skeptic ever tell you that hoarding is the rule and that there is no joy in giving it away. They lie.
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.