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Topic: BLESSED (03/07/19)
- TITLE: Going on a God Hunt
By Joanney Uthe
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“I didn’t realize he was leaving so soon. Paul isn’t scheduled for that trip. Where is he going?”
“California. It’s a sales only trip.” Jim was head of the Sales Department and Paul was in Regulatory Affairs at a medical device manufacturing company. “I also worry about them being in Amsterdam,” Regina continued. “Maybe Paul being there will help, but I worry about Jim going to the Red Light District.”
“Hey, why don’t you and Jimmy come to church with us tomorrow? We can spend the day together, keep our minds off the guys being stuck in Amsterdam.” I didn’t know how else to comfort my friend. I knew she was a believer but had a commitment to raise her adopted son in a certain denomination, even though her beliefs more closely aligned with other denominations. She was hesitant, but accepted the invite.
The next morning, we dropped my son off at the church nursery and Jimmy in the elementary Sunday School class. Our church was small and met in the auditorium of the local high school. Regina and I found seats near the front of the auditorium.
After a few worship songs, Pastor Joel stood up and asked the congregation for any God Hunt Sightings. “For those of you new to Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, we like to focus on how we have seen God at work in our lives this week. We call them God Hunt Sightings. Does anyone have a God Hunt Sighting they would like to share this weekend? Suzie?”
Suzie stood up where she was and spoke loud enough for all 50 or so of us to hear. “I missed some days at work this month because of being sick. I wasn’t sure how I was going to pay all of my bills. This week I received a card in the mail with $100 in it, which covered what I needed for bills.”
“Thank you, Suzie. It is always wonderful to see how God provides for us.” Pastor Joel looked around for another hand. “Bill?”
“Our daughter’s surgery went well and she is recovering nicely. Thank you all for praying.”
After the third God Hunt Sighting, I raised my hand. “I am thankful that Jim and Paul are safe in Amsterdam and that the airline noticed the mechanical problem with the airplane before they were over the Atlantic Ocean.” I squeezed Regina’s hand as I mentioned her husband. We were in this together.
“Yes, Lord, thank you for your protection.” Pastor Joel looked around for another hand before continuing. “We will now continue worship with our time of offering. Nancy has a song for special music for us today.”
As we left the auditorium to pick up the kids, Regina thanked me. “I was so focused on how mad I was at Jim for not coming home, that I didn’t think about what could have happened if they hadn’t stayed in Amsterdam. Thank you.”
“I think that because we share these God Hunt Sightings on a weekly basis, it’s trained me to look for how God is working in whatever happens in life.”
Jim and Paul made it home late that evening. Jim had about an hour or so at home to repack before leaving again for the airport. But Regina was no longer mad at him. Instead, she counted her blessings that he was home late, rather than not at all.
Twenty years later, while I really love my current church family, I miss being in a small enough congregation to weekly share God Hunt Sightings. It is an ongoing battle to continue to train myself to see the blessings of how God is at work in my life, especially the struggles. I need to be intentional again about going on a God Hunt.
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