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 have people coming for dinner on Friday night, and because we live on a less-than-lavish-but-surprisingly-adequate income, I always check our cupboards and freezer to see what’s on hand before I rush out to the grocery store.
Ah, yes. There is a full frozen fish (head and all). It will make a dramatic presentation on my large white ironstone plate.
Then I remembered a casual conversation with a daughter-in-law who has been discovering the joys of home-cooking this summer. She and my son have been experimenting with okra (even planted some in the garden). “We love okra,” she said. Well, I’ll have to try that, I thought, making a note to get her recipe. I have been garnering raves over Angela’s black bean and mango salsa salad. The bowl holding a double recipe disappeared during the Monday-night company dinner. There were no leftovers for the staff lunch on Tuesday as I had planned!
Then I remembered that Angela also had raved about serving sweet potatoes. “People just love them. “‘What are these?’ they ask. ‘Are they a kind of squash?’ I just peel, boil and serve them with butter,” she informed me.
Sure enough, there they were—the sweet potatoes I had purchased on a shopping foray—and had forgotten were still in the potato and onion basket.
Let’s see, broiled fish AND sweet potatoes. Add rhubarb from the garden with strawberries for cobbler. Fresh mint iced tea—I was halfway to a completed menu without even stepping out the front door.
We often think God is not interested in the minor details of our lives. I DON’T think that way. For 38 years I’ve written down God’s provisions in the minimal essentials of daily life. A daughter-in-law’s casual comment served as a divine reminder that I needed to use up those sweet potatoes, and that they would be perfect for company on Friday night.
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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