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:
I stopped at Savers (a huge big-box resale store) one morning when I decided I needed a throw-away day—a day without any appointments, with nowhere to go, nothing to do, and no one to meet.
Not only did I have a full 30%-off card, but when I walked into the store, signs announced a manager’s special: All the items with a blue or silver price-tags were half-off. So I spent a blissful morning loading two carts—pants for David at $3 each, sweaters and tops for me, a pair of riding boots ($4 with a decent heel to hold the stirrups), and lots of toys for the grand kids. It was fun! I came away with $138 worth of clothes that even at resale prices would have cost twice as much.
Packing up my little Mazda Protégé, I stuck the toys in the trunk, looking closely as I did at the wooden puzzles for Nehemiah, aged 3. I was pretty sure all the barnyard animals pieces were in the big plastic bag.
However, as I drove out of the Savers parking lot, the toy animals (which are sound-coded) began to speak from the trunk. “Moo-o-o-o-o,” said the cow noise. “Cock-a-doodle-do!” crowed the rooster voice. In fact, every time I turned right or left, something spoke from the back, like “meow,” or “woof-woof-woof!” Pig noises grunted when I hit bumps on the pavement. Changing lanes evoked the neighing of horses. It actually became rather funny. I imagined leaving the puzzles in the back to entertain friends who might in the future be riding with me.
In a way, this is a good analogy of how constantly God tries to get our attention—not to be irreverent, but it is a lot like my grandson’s puzzle—He is always making noises at us. If we only “had ears to hear.” We turn right or left turn life’s path, and He is there. (He is always there) “Yet your Teacher will not hide himself any more, but your eyes shall see your Teacher. And when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left, your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it.’” (Isaiah 30:20b-21)
We don’t hear and we don’t see Him because we choose to ignore the noises from the back of the car. If you listen, your ears shall hear a noise behind you saying, “Go this way. Turn here. In fact, as you go, lighten up and laugh a little.”
“You shall have a song as in the night when a holy festival is kept;
and gladness of heart, as when one sets out to the sound of the flute
to go to the mountain of the Lord, to the Rock of Israel.” (Psalm 30:29)
Let us learn to create a habit of listening for the noises of the Lord.
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.
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