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 summer David and I spoke at Camp Meeting in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania, area. Since we were driving from Chicago, we decided to take our nine-year-old granddaughter with us, and Caitlyn and I explored the Amish countryside. One delightful morning was spent at the Cherry-Crest Farm Amazing Maize Maze, five acres of corn over your head that take an estimated hour to work your way through, if you don’t get lost.
At age nine, Caitlyn much preferred petting all the animals in the farm zoo and holding the newly hatched chicks, so that was the way we spent a delightful morning. At one point we stood on a bridge high above the corn maze where we could look down on families and groups starting to work together to uncover the clues that would lead them through the maze to the exit. Each team was given a flag to wave high if they needed help so that the Maze Master, sitting on a lifeguard-like tower, could steer them through the paths.
I kept thinking about how frequently when we are wandering through life’s mazes, we take the wrong turns, get lost, forget to read the clues, sit down in a pout, get angry, get tired, howl so constantly we can’t hear anyone answer, conclude no one is there to help us, tear up the rules, throw down our emergency flag, stomp on it, sit down in frustration, wail and whine, go into a panic attack, hyperventilate, then turn to despair.
A devious voice on our left shoulder insinuates, You’re never going to get out of here, you know. No one cares about coming to find you, got it? Nothing is going to change. This will never end. What did you think you were doing, taking on a life maze after all? Plenty of people are still lost in here. Never going to hear about them again.
Wait. Wait! Quiet! Whether you know it or not, choose to see it or not, believe it or not, there is a Maze Master who can guide us out of wrong turns, silence ventilation sessions, calm our child-like rebellions and get us safely home before night, which is coming on fast. He’s just a little above the eye-line, but He has not left the field because we are lost. It all depends upon how we choose to read the emergency signs.
If we just look up, we’ll surely see Him. 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.