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:
This morning I brought a quiet lament to God, though I cloaked it carefully as a kind of reminder:
“Father, all my extra time has been taken (I know, I know—there’s always the ‘weary’ time I don’t use well) with the Global Bag Project and the Women’s Cycle of Life. This is all uncompensated time—no one pays me for the hours I put in every week on each project. But because they use my entrepreneurial, strategizing capacities (which You have given to me) and because it is a joy to do good in the world, I am happy to go without any pay.
“However, I can’t get some of the personal stuff done around here. Many of the Christmas decorations are still up or packed away and staged in the garage—crowding the car—before I can haul them up to the attic. Do You think You could collaborate in some way with me (and please not next year—I know You work in unfathomable ways, but my timetable is to get everything labored and stored in an attic where the corners have been laid with a cheap particleboard flooring—this year) and help me get to what I don’t seem to be able to get to because I’m putting so much time into these other overwhelming (though worthy) projects?”
Before leaving the house, I looked at the wreath on the coffee table that sits in front of the fireplace. I had stuffed the artificial circle of greens with real pomegranates I had brought home from California last November, copper Christmas balls, sienna-colored feather puffs I had bought at Hobby Lobby and medium-sized alliums, which I grow and harvest every year, spraying them whatever color is needed in dried bouquets. Cranberry red for the winter arrangement by the front door; apple green to act in contrast to the other ingredients that make up the coffee-table Advent wreath.
The apple-green alliums had been tossed out of the wreath, onto the carpet, onto the coffee table and were now shedding their heads and seeds wherever they had fallen. My son’s Bengal cat, Cyrano, had obviously had quite a morning. (We are cat-sitting while that family is taking a spring break in the Nashville, TN, area.)
This, Lord, is not what I meant! I shot a look at the ceiling.
Hah! Hah! I heard back. (I really did hear it clear as day, though not with my ears; I heard it with my heart.) Hah! Hah! Don’t you get the joke? You were having a little pity-party and I’m just giving you a little hand via my friend Cat.
Now I’d have to clean up the Christmas decorations, which—on the coffee table at least (thanks to Cat)—had become a mess.
Yes, finally. You got the joke, hah! Hah! Now you’ll have to clean it up.
I’ve been reading the book Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle, the Jesuit priest who founded Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles. I copied down this wonderful quote: “Behold the One beholding you, and smiling.”
Obviously, this was appropriate to my cat in the Advent-wreath scenario. But when I copied it down, I wasn’t think of God beholding me and LAUGHING.
(Yeah! Yeah! I got the joke.)
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.