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:
What conflict! The mornings are cool, there has been plenty of rain, the garden over which I have labored—often fruitlessly, learning essential lessons as I go—is glorious. Because of sun falling across the grass and bushes and beds, I actually have blooms.
The velvet wine leaves of the clematis plant by the back garage door beckons, entices and seduces me. The ground is soft, perfect for weeding and transplanting. The yard is a thick carpet, spongy and springy to the foot.
And I—well, I have made a vow to begin a book. This, I know, having written at least 23 others, will take hours everyday. Things material will fall apart. I will not be able to gallivant by spontaneous trips and expeditions. Nor will I have the strength to extend hospitality to friends (not when I’m in a long writing project). So I am torn between the better and the best, but I don’t know what is what or which is which.
If I neglect the gardens, I will rue it. The invasive groundcovers will mount more invasion tactics. The delphiniums will droop at their two-short stakes. The mint will swagger and take back the territory I commandeered last fall. I won’t get the west garden ready for vegetables. I need one Tuesday for gardening and the same Tuesday for writing (etc, etc).
Cirilo Leon, my brother-in-law’s former gardener, lives in our basement room. Due to the coaching he received at the hand of Doug Mains, he has become a master gardener.
As an exchange for living with us at no charge, he throws a few hours of labor of week our way (for which I am inexpressibly grateful). On Monday he said, “I have no work Thursday. Maybe I work for you that day.”
Inside, I fainted with relief and gratitude. Cirilo’s labor is like the work of ten men. What a gift to me! And I also have a little money to pay him for the extra hours. What he does, I will not have to do. It will be done well—better than I could do—and his labor will free me to write and not worry about what I am not getting done.
How perfect this verse is today, Psalm 118:28a, “Early in the morning I cry out to you.” I had prayed, Lord, I’m going to need help with all this. And He answered: Cirilo had a day when his work arrangements fell through. “Maybe I work for you that day.”
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.