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:
Yesterday, sitting in the sewing room, listening to the sounds of the sewing machine, my back to the women and my face toward the windows, (where from time to time I catch spotty Wi-Fi connections), I took my notebook and jotted down the fact that my grandmother, Nellie Branham, had been the top Singer Sewing Machine saleswoman in the whole Chicago area decades ago. I didn’t want to forget this in the hurly-burly of the unending cross-cultural work of translation. Even when people from different cultures are speaking the same language, English, the words are pronounced and accented differently and carry slightly different meaning. Pardon me, what did you say again? I must have asked this question a hundred times yesterday.
NOTE to MYSELF: Gram a seamstress. My beautifully made clothes. Flannel nightgowns for the entire family on Christmas. Then the thought: What would Gram have thought about me working with the seamstresses of the Global Bag Project?
I began making notes; the ideas flowed. Suddenly, I realized I was writing down the outline of a book. In fact, I had already been writing it in bits and pieces since the beginning of initial inquiries into the Bag Project idea in 2008. Now, the growing book ideas inside were notifying me that they were ready for my attention.
Back in the States, my sister, Valerie, and I had one of those phone conversations:
“You’re going to Kenya! We’re going to Kenya!” So she and my brother-in-law, Steve, arrived three days early before their commitments to Compassion International kicked in. We realized the sewing room needed a new ironing board and another iron. So David and Steve and Valerie headed off to the Nakumat (think “big-box store”) and returned home with a board and two bright-pink steam-irons. One of my favorite memories going forward will always be the joy and laughter in the Sewing Room as Valerie taught the women (one who works at home with a heavy charcoal iron) how to press using steam!
What would my grandmother, Nellie Branham, the top Singer Sewing Machine saleswoman, have thought about that? Wasn’t it she who taught me how to press a man’s shirt?—button panels first, then the collar inside and out, the yoke across the top next, the sleeve collars, the sleeves themselves, then the rest of the shirt.
It was a lovely morning in the sewing room where the Global Bag Project seamstresses in the suburb of Karen, Kenya, outside Nairobi, down the garden path from the Kijiji Guest House, were doing their work, and I sitting at a sewing counter, my personal computer in front of me and my notebook in hand, was doing mine.
I think Gram Branham would have been pleased.
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.