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 decided that there was not enough continuous sun for annual vegetables in the raised beds a son, a husband, and a friend worked to make for me in the front garden.
Last year drought took the tenuous vegetables and though a house guest worked to put in an irrigation system, a series of hoses and drip nozzles joined all together by lengths of black tubing, by the time all was ready, most of my annual vegetables had died.
This year, I am planting perennial vegetables. Due to the clay soil, it takes a few growing seasons for the roots of returning plants to find firm footing and if they do, then they begin to flourish. Clay soil, as difficult as it is to cultivate, also holds moisture better than the black loam I’ve been determined to create over these three decades of mostly frustrated gardening history.
A friend’s son who was interested in gardening, came with his mother one Sunday afternoon, and we did plant three rows of bush beans of the green variety. This morning I noticed that many were pushing up their heads and discarding the little cap that seems to sit atop each sprout. Well, I thought, at least the beans are up.
Rhubarb is in another box (with spinach seeds interspersed in the empty four corners) as is asparagus in another. I’ll probably trim the fern leaf tops of the asparagus, just to balance the work of their roots, and I’m eager to find horseradish to plant; it grows almost six feet high with strong architectural leaves—an unusual specimen for the vegetable plot. Angelica, another strong tall herb-grower, would also be excellent to discover.
Curiosity drives all this activity—how will they grow (if they grow)? Can they thrive?
“Oh, Lord,” I pray:
“With all this scheming and dreaming, don’t let me forget that You are the Master Gardener. I am a lowly assistant. This garden is a collaboration between your divine design and my human intent.
Help me to remember that you delighted to walk and talk with your original earthlings in the ‘cool of the day’. Help me to work and walk with you in the same way. Amen.”
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.
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