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:
Any decent gardener tours the garden daily. For those who have committed themselves to the mystery and toil of overseeing a back and front yard know the world is never static. The penstemon were in full bloom this morning; last Sunday a friend showed me a snapping-turtle egg in the bushes. Yarrow, which I have tried to grow for 30 years, has finally found a place in the soil where it is finally happy. Its bright yellow blossoms are stunning and will be beautiful in the dried arrangements I compose each fall. There are ripe strawberries over which I spread mesh netting to keep the birds from grabbing my harvest. The perennial poppy by the front walk bloomed and dropped its petals during the ten days I was in California. Nothing is the same from morning to morning in the garden.
I’ve designed a schedule for the month of June, since we are home all month, whereby I work in the cool of the morning for two hours, stop writing about 3:30, prepare a good meal for David and myself, then work another couple hours in the slanting light at the end of day (the most sacramental moment of all 24 hours, when the day is fading; what is it about this time that so moves me?).
As I walk, figuring which plants need to be deadheaded, which need to be divided and which to transplant, which garden projects I will have time to complete, I am always in a state of awe. When I kneel to weed, I am really falling at the feet of my Creator. My daily walk around the garden is always a pilgrimage hand in hand with the Gardener. Through it I am given keener insights into Him. The garden paths lead me to parables. Yesterday a friend, not a gardener, told me about weeding the patch in front of her office where she works. “It wasn’t hard work. Instead I was amazed at the things I kept thinking—This is like the weeds that exist in my own soul. They have deep roots and are tangled. I must stop and pull them out.”
What bloomed this morning in your garden?
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 email@example.com 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.