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:
“So,” I said to the eye specialist who had just given a name to the murky glaze that had suddenly begun clouding the vision in my right eye. This hunky eye-doctor with the long ponytail had some obvious interest in football. Walls in his examining room were covered with pictures of NFL players. “So, tell me what I need to know about cataracts.”
At that he called a nurse, who plunked me down in front of a video so I could endure 20 minutes of watching a real cataract operation, and then read a dreadful list of all the things that could go wrong if I underwent such a treatment.
Obviously, I didn’t hasten back to his office in six months as instructed, and hey, why ask an ophthalmologist to explain the nature of your eye dysfunction—isn’t that what the Internet is all about?
“Vision Connection” clearly describes what a cataract is; defines the three different types of cataract conditions and their causes; outlines the symptoms; and states directly, “Cataracts are treated with surgery.” No out for me here! This Web site goes on to explain that there are two types of surgery: phacoemulsification, and extracapsular extraction. OK. That’s fine. At least I didn’t have to watch a 20-minute video and then drive home by myself (shaken) afterward.
In the meantime, I placed a VERY LARGE magnifying glass by my computer. This is to help me to see. This is to help me see clearly.
It occurs to me that this is what the God Hunt is all about. It is a spiritual practice that enlarges our vision at identifying God’s work in our everyday lives—a VERY LARGE magnifying glass, if you will allow me to stretch the metaphor. The God Hunt helps us to see clearly.
Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best thought, by day or by night.
Waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.
By chance, is there a cataract clouding your spiritual vision? Something obscuring your sight? Have you put a magnifier in place to clarify your seeing? If you sight God, I would like to hear about it.
Award-winning author Karen Mains 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. This microfinance 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. The 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.
Karen has long had an interest in spiritual formation and the obedient Christian walk and is the author of The God Hunt: The Delightful Chase & the Wonder of Being Found.
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