O – God in Odd Spaces {26 Surprising Ways to Encounter God, A-Z}

“Uniqueness is what makes you the most beautiful.”
– Lea Michele



Normal doesn’t always catch our eye. When things or people are in place, in order, we tend not to notice.

What we do notice is the unusual.

To God, we’re all unusual. He notices us.

  • When we feel slightly out of place, he knows.
  • When our life isn’t quite in order, he cares.
  • When things aren’t going as we planned, he pays attention.

Try This

Look around your physical space. What’s out of place? Is something not where it’s supposed to be? Ask yourself why. And what you plan to do about it, if anything.

Then pray about your spiritual space.

  • Is there an unusual person in your circle that needs your attention?
  • Does someone’s circumstances need your prayer time?
  • Is God showing up in an odd place where you least expected?
  • What feels off in your own soul? Can you encounter God there?

Just as we can’t predict life, we can’t predict where God will plant gifts of grace for us. Look for his gifts of presence and love in the odd spaces of your life today. Be grateful for the peculiar and uncommon ways that he is showing up.

Learn More

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    Let each intersection with another person be a delightful encounter, intentionally orchestrated by God.
  • Find the Weird One
    Once a week, we find Darryl sitting alone by his dirty window with the door unlocked. We may not know it, but he’s just what we need.
  • When Spirits Intersect
    Something felt different with her. Sacred meetings are thin places, the spiritual world intersecting with the physical world, reminding us that there is more.

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What feels out of place in your world today? How do you see God at work in it? Please share in the comments.

Coming up tomorrow:

  • P – Portals
    Where are the thin places where God has a foot in the door in your life?


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20 thoughts on “O – God in Odd Spaces {26 Surprising Ways to Encounter God, A-Z}

  1. Linda Stoll

    Don’t you just love where God shows up along the way? He continues to surprise and delight by making his sacred appearances in the most unusual places …

    His majesty, always on display. His loving care evident, bountifully.

  2. Julie

    Lisa- Lots of odd things happen to me. I usually grunt and wonder why. I never looked at it in this light before, what is God trying to tell or teach me? Maybe it’s just a gift of love, which needs to be unwrapped.
    Great post!

  3. KellyRBaker

    I like to do this, to try to see His hand where I least expect it. He works through details to speak directly to our hearts. I love that about God! Glad to land on your post today, Lisa! #RaRaLinkup

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Thanks for these encouraging words, Kelly. Seeing God where we least expect Him doesn’t always come naturally to us. But I do love that our God is a God of great surprises if we’ll stay awake!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      That means you’re wise, Floyd. I see you looking for God in the nooks and crannies of your life’s stories, and we’re all the wiser for how you share them with us.

  4. Horace Williams Jr

    It is so amazing when God reveals Himself in odd places Lisa. Even my blender;) I feel I am a pretty observant person. I guess that’s why I am a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes. However, I love it when God surprises and shows Himself to me. It is a comforting reminder that God is watching over me. I love what you share here about searching your spiritual space. It is so important to take time to search our hearts and allow God to reveal His leading. Thank you for sharing this beautiful post reminding us of God’s grace. I hope you have a fantastic week and may God richly bless you and yours!

    PS.. You don’t even taste the kale in my smoothies;) Blessings

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Ah, Sherlock. Maybe I need to take a few more clues from him and you, Horace. 🙂 Some things I’m observant about; other things, not. I do want to see God’s hand over all things though!

      I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt and trust that your smoothies are delicious. If I ever get the opportunity, I’d love to try one. 🙂

  5. Trudy

    I love your practical applications in this series, Lisa. I think for most of my life I have felt “odd” myself and out of place, but it’s a comfort to know that God doesn’t see me as odd and He even seeks me out to lavish love on me. I love Lea’s quote. 🙂 Thank you for all these encouraging encounters with God! Blessings and hugs to you!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Thanks for your encouraging words, Trudy. I wonder if the majority of us see ourselves as odd. Which means, who are the “normal” people? Do they realize they’re the minority, which makes them the odd ones and us the normal ones? ha. I do love, too, that God purposely made us the way we are, and loves us because of that!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      You’re welcome, Theresa. I guess that’s why “news” is always the most sensational stuff–it’s the out of the ordinary. But with God, even the ordinary can be extraordinary.

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