Welcome! Why Godspotting?


Thanks for coming by! In this blog I hope to share instances of Godspotting from my own life and the lives of my family and friends. I’ll also share observations about Godspotting and explain why I believe it’s a skill worth developing as we mature spiritually.
I am new to blogging, so please grant me grace as I learn this medium. I’m not new to God, though, and I’m not new to writing; I hope you’ll visit here often and find words to inspire and encourage you in your own walk with Christ.

Why Godspotting?

Jesus gave me socks once. The incident was a thump-me-on-the-head episode of Godspotting.

Another day soon I will share that tale with you. First let’s think about why it matters.

In honing our awareness of our Lord’s presence in our lives and of His abundant blessings, our hearts fill with gratitude. A heart overflowing with gratitude crowds out anger, resentment, despair, envy–all the stuff that leads us to fear that our God is far away, or, worse yet, has abandoned us.

As we learn to keep our eyes and hearts open, as we cultivate awareness of His hand on our lives, our gratitude grows. We also get better at noticing God’s presence.

Godspotting produces a nice little feedback loop: As we notice God more, we become more grateful. Increased gratitude chokes out the nasty feelings that so often are trying to take root in our hearts. Our attitude of gratitude makes us more aware of His presence, leading to….more gratitude! More gratitude leads to more awareness of God’s presence….and so on.

Ingratitude, however, isn’t a godly trait. God expects our gratitude. Consider Numbers 14, if you’d like an example.

Yes, gratitude is good. And Godspotting grows gratitude.

Eventually we develop a certainty that God is with us, always. We become convicted that we truly walk in the light of His presence, even when it seems dark outside.

15 Happy are those who hear the joyful call to worship, for they will walk in the light of your presence, Lord. 16 They rejoice all day long in your wonderful reputation. They exult in your righteousness. 17 You are their glorious strength. It pleases you to make us strong.
Psalm 89:15-17 (NLT)