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 wrote a list in my prayer journal, the one I had lost then found again. These are all projects I have finally figured out that would complete the admittedly idealized garden I want to complete after having lived in this house for the last 36 years.
Here is my list:
- Sheds for the side yard as a privacy fence and for storage.
- Crude structure for east side by house with fallen tree limbs attached. (I’d seen something like this at a Renaissance Faire and coveted something similar.)
- Privacy fencing to fend this east side from eyes on the street.
- Huge plants—acanthus; angelica; rhubarb—hard to find at local nurseries.
- A matching outdoor light (bought on sale and stored in attic) hung by the back door.
- Something stunning-looking in the cold frame garden that I haven’t been able to solve. A garden house? A play area for grandchildren? A miniature apple-tree orchard?
About this time, I began to hear that still, small voice saying, Now, wait a minute, dear; wait a minute.
I looked at the list again—my list—my list in which I am telling the God of the Universe what I want for my garden (after all, this has been a collaborative project from the start, some 36 years ago; a good portion of this garden is His garden).
OK. OK. Time to re-calibrate. Didn’t mean to tell You what I wanted You to do, God (Master Gardener). I’m sorry—I need to work myself into a place where I accept all these things as a gift from Your hand.
Still, small voice: Now, wait a minute, dear; wait a minute.
Whoops!—further re-calibration. Self-examination, a turning inward. Yep—too much attachment here: What I want. What I want. “The obstacle which we must overcome is attachment, even attachment to our own effort.” (Quote written in prayer journal.)
Resignation: Detachment is the cure. Detachment decreases our needs. I pray.
Lord, Master Designer, forgive me for running lustfully ahead of You. Just give me the gifts for the garden that You want me to have. Help me go forget my grand schemes (even backyard gardens can be conceived with grand schemes), and just toss it away to You. You design and provide what You want me to have to finish up the garden design. Just, please, help me to see the gifts that come my way. Amen.
“Most loving Father, whose will it I for us to give thanks for all things, to fear nothing but the loss of you, and to cast all our care on you who cares for us. Preserve me from faithless fears and worldly anxieties, that no clouds of this mortal life may hide from me the light of that love which is immortal, and which you have manifested to us in your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.” (Morning Office, The Divine Hours, Spring)
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.
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