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:
Ideally, a pilgrim (anyone who goes on a journey—across the world or just across the threshold of the front door) should prepare for the fact that when traveling, sometimes we lose our way.
The car stalls or breaks down; the GPS gives us confusing directions; a missing street-sign allows us to pass the intersection where we should have turned left. We generally have one of two reactions when we get lost—we can become confused or we can become infuriated. Frontiersman Daniel Boone was once asked if he had ever been lost. “No,” he replied slyly. “But I was bewildered once for three days.”
All of these unplanned detours are opportunities. How many times do we say things like, “You know, we would never have found that charming country inn if we hadn’t made that wrong turn and gotten lost.” The road always leads somewhere.
Through years of ministry, I’ve heard countless tales of strangers appearing to guide bemused wanderers to the right street, the right address, the right way. In Paris, my sister and I got totally turned around behind the Bastille; we were actually headed opposite to our intent. A funny little French man cheerfully noticed us studying a walking map, and since my sister speaks a decent working French, she was able to make him know where we wanted to go. “Non! Non! Non!” he declared, then walked with us the three blocks back to where we should have been and pointed us the right way. I still remember his smile; angel-help territory, I am certain. (Why is it often the “angels” in our lives who point direction seem to have plucky smiles and missing teeth?)
Consequently, I have learned that it is not a bad thing to be lost. All roads lead to somewhere. Other people can lead you to the way. Who knows what you might find as you are wandering along? We need not be afraid of the turns ahead and where they might take us. Our lives will be enriched by whatever we find ahead. We will have stories to tell we never dreamed of telling.
In Mystery and Manners, the writer Flannery O’Conner states, “No matter what form the dragon may take, it is the mysterious passage past him, or into his jaws, that stories of any depth will be concerned to tell.” You may find yourself saying, “Oh let me tell you about the time when our commercial airplane neglected to land in (you fill in the blank; it’s Mogadishu for me). We were stranded for three days. You’ll never guess what happened…”
Being lost is not such a bad thing.
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.