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:
I’ve talked about the garden boxes in a previous blog post. Sometimes God appears in several ways during the same experience. So, I want to expand a bit on my previous post.
As David and I were building the last box for the vegetable garden just across the driveway from our front door, it occurred to me that these raised beds were a metaphor for what kind of dependency exists in “doing life”—no matter how individualistic we might pride ourselves on being, we simply can’t get through most of living without one another.
I’ve had the article on building raised beds for years, but when Cirilo, who lives with us and works on the estates along our road, cleared out what had become a weed bed and tilled the soil, then shoveled in half a truckload of good, clean topsoil, I knew it was time to make good on my plans.
Early this spring, my son Joel carved a few moments out of his schedule to translate the plans in the article into an actual box—so I had a wooden, three-dimensional template.
David and I carried it into the allotted space, I dug out dirt, centered it, lined the bottom with cardboard, replaced the dirt and planted various kinds of bean seeds. A lot of work for one garden box, to say the least.
I literally prayed for help. Lord, I am going to need help getting the other three boxes made, in the ground and planted.
At Book Club a couple days later, a younger friend, as we were chatting together, just said, “If there is anything I can do to help you, let me know.” Three days later, he and his wife dropped past after work, and in an hour and a half, two more boxes had been knocked together. (This despite buckets of sweat and swarms of mosquitoes.) A literal answer to prayer. Two 4 ft. X 4 ft. boxes had been built.
I dug out the box, set it, covered the bottom with some of my ubiquitous cardboard, replaced the dirt and planted it with tomatoes (the non-determinate kind).
Then, taking pity on me and because he had watched our friend, John, slap together two boxes, David built the last box—this one eight feet by four feet. We maneuvered it onto a dolly, eased it out of the garage, across the driveway, and lowered it into its appointed spot edging the strawberry bed.
Cirilo, Joel, Crilly, Karen, David—this is one clear example that illustrates a philosophy I firmly adhere to: The best way to do life is with teams. The solo stuff runs pretty thin pretty fast, but a committee can make big jobs doable. Moreover, what one doesn’t know, the other one will. And what the other one doesn’t know, another will.
My God Hunt journal listed the members of my raised-bed-box team—and I thanked God for each of them.
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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