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:
Every morning during the growing season, I step out my back door to see what in the garden surprises me. At this time in May, it is the velvety wine-colored clematis that is thriving on the wall by my back door. Beyond it, the blue delphinium is in bloom, the purple iris is beginning to unfold, and the blue columbine that have self-planted are thriving small bushes in the patio garden.
This beauty causes me to catch my breath and praise my Creator for the sheer grace of it all. I give thanks that I am here to see the exquisite creatureliness of created things. For this morning moment, I am absolutely present. “To be present where we are,” says one writer, “is to wake up to this place.” I smell the earth, and the rain that has come and is gone; I want to yearn to fold my hands into the soil.
But I press my fingertips lightly against the velvet flower on the vine; I bless it and in turn am blessed by the beauty of it.
“We need to stay alert for moments of inspiration. The word inspiration means literally “in-breathing.” I breath in the world and know more of the God who has made it so unbearably lovely. I breath out again. I am still alive.
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.