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:
When I wrote this, my husband was still in Nigeria, and I found I had a free evening and decided to catch the new James Bond film, Skyfall. Truthfully, I have never been a James Bond fan—the last versions seemed supremely silly to be—but I will admit, I love the craggy-faced Daniel Craig in all his acting iterations.
So I popped in for an early afternoon show (was surprised to receive a senior discount) and came away thinking some about the allusions to growing old that themed their way through the whole filmic experience.
Because the theatre is just next to the largest resale chain that in our area is taking over big-box stores that are consolidating and leaving empty buildings behind them, I thought I would just pop in. There are a few things I was looking for—and a lot of things I’ve forgotten that I am looking for, which is the substance of this blog.
Savers, the name of the new resale chain, is clean, well-organized with sections clearly labeled for the shopper. In addition to a great black-and-red wool coat from with a terrific label, a new pair of leather wedge-heeled boots, and some recycled sweaters for our church’s mission project, I also found 16 soup bowls with a blue lattice edge and a thin rim of gold. I am short of soup and salad bowls and really into mixing and matching, so I swooped these up (four for $2, totaling $8 in all). I thought they would look good with the cobalt-blue glass dishes I use in the summer, but then if I didn’t like them, I was only out eight bucks.
Early the next morning, as I was emptying the car of last night’s purchases, I stuck all the soup bowls in the dishwasher and sat down with my prayer journal and a cup of tea to list and thank God for the many, many gifts I find in secondhand stores. It is almost laughable. I’ll think, I need to find such-and-such, walk into a nearby shop, and there, as though someone knew I was coming, will be the very thing I needed.
However, as I was sitting and praying, I was reminded of the fact that I had never collected soup bowls to go with my wedding Lenox china. I have 12 dinner plates, 12 salad plates and eight coffee cups, but the china is so expensive, I’ve never been able to add to it. A plain Lenox-cream, I just mix and match whatever I think will go. Suddenly it hit me that these bowls might be exactly what I needed to go with that set.
I grabbed a bowl, hot from the dishwasher’s drying cycle, took up a Lenox dinner plate and lo and behold, the two were gorgeous together!
Now, I know that God does not forget (unless He chooses to wipe something from His memory the way Scripture suggests). I, however, do forget. I forgot I needed bowls and have made do with glass salad dishes for those cold summer soups or for those fall pumpkin-and-butternut-squash recipes.
These are the times I laugh. Why would I think that God delights to give me what I can afford ($8) when I have forgotten that I had been looking for something myself?
Strangely enough. He does. Have I got a surprise for you, He seems to say.
So I lift my heart in thanks for these simple things—sixteen used soup bowls for $8 that beautifully contrasts with my wedding china that is so expensive, I can’t afford to add to it any more. My big God contends with the details of my life in ways I too often forget or neglect. Thank you, dear and loving Heavenly Father.
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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