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 every day occurrences of your life. Here’s one of my personal God Hunt Sightings:
After eye surgery early one Monday morning, I removed the plastic patch as instructed “at the dinner hour.” That right eye, which had been increasingly dimmed due to a cataract, was suddenly flooded with hyper-vision. The whites in the patterned carpet, the evening light on the trees in the backyard, the chandeliers over the dining-room table seemed shot with a neon luminescence. Nearsighted for my adult life, I suddenly could see distances in a way I had never seen them before. I felt like the blind men who had been healed by Christ: “I can see! I can see!” It was almost unbearable, this sudden brightness in seeing.
Two days after surgery, the x-ray effect faded due to my brain compensating for the enhanced sight, but perhaps this stunning sightedness was something akin to what the disciples saw during Christ’s transfiguration: “and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them” (Mark 9:3). My ophthalmologist, a Christian man, who frequently hears comments on heightened vision from his many cataract patients, offered an analogy to the clear sight we must experience in heaven, an allusion C. S. Lewis also developed in his parable The Great Divorce.
This was the procedure: I went into a surgery center at 6:15 a.m. and walked out by 8:30 a.m. An anesthetic was administered in an IV drip, I was awake for the surgery, wheeled into the operating room, a small incision was made, the old cloudy lens was pounded with lasers, the broken pieces were suctioned out, and the tiny artificial lens was popped in—a painless procedure requiring no stitches. Without this surgical possibility, I would probably have been blind within the next year. How I thank God for His great gifts that come to us through the miracle of healing and science!
Now my “good” eye, the left eye, which was scheduled for surgery in six weeks, saw the world through a dirty yellow cloudy gauze, and I thought, Why did I put up with this dim sight for so long?
“Do the lenses in people’s eyes dim just naturally with age?” I asked during my post-op exam. “Is a cataract sort of an extreme form of this normal cloudiness?” When my doctor replied yes to both of my questions, I realized I had been given a great gift, the opportunity to view the world clearly because of the removal of this dimmed lens—better than I might have if a normal aging process had continued. Again, I give thanks for God’s good work in my life.
How frequently we get used to dingy spiritual sight. This is a horrifying thought to me. Am I accepting a viewing lens regarding God that is less than it can be? All my life I have been more nearsighted spiritually than farsighted, looking inward, listening, seeking the godly that is near. Perhaps this change in focus, this physical long vision will affect my spiritual sightedness in ways I can’t predict. At 67, I can use doses of that unbearable Light. I want to be filled with a longing for the unanticipated. I would like to see in my old age things beyond the vision of my younger years. How about you?
Award-winning author Karen Mains 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. This microfinance 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. The 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.
Karen has long had an interest in spiritual formation and the obedient Christian walk and is the author of The God Hunt: The Delightful Chase & the Wonder of Being Found.
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