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:
I got in the habit of setting our dining-room table so it was ready whenever company stops past. Whenever we eat at the table, we wash the dishes, and instead of storing them in a kitchen cupboard, we simply place them on the table. If David an I are eating alone, we sit at the far end, where I can look out on the yard and where drivers in passing cars can look through our un-curtained window and see the two of us (or the six to eight of us) sharing a meal together, breaking bread.
“Don’t your dishes get dusty sitting there?” someone asked me recently. I suppose I should consider the dust factor. “Not real dusty,” I answered my friend. We do turn the plates over frequently with guests coming and going. And if they get a little glazed on top, I take a damp rag to them and that takes care of the problem—much simpler than putting dishes into the cupboard, taking them out again and setting a table.
The table gets changed whenever we head into a new season. And just so I don’t have to construct a centerpiece cold as well as find the appropriate clothes, napkins and place settings, I have started to take photo shots with my new cell phone. (I don’t know how to access the Internet, but I know how to text my grandchildren and use my camera.)
This is important to me because I think the set table always says, “We are waiting for you. You are welcome here in our home at any time. You can never come and surprise us. All is at the readiness. Sit and commune and dine with us.”
Actually, these are the same invitations God repeats into the world, over and over and over again. I’m just doing what He does—setting the table—and saying what He says—come on in; be with Us.”
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.