The Goldfish With Purple Sprinkles

I grew up in a strong Christian home. At the age of four I was in love with God so much so that I would walk up to any stranger and ask, “Do you love Jesus?” I grew up with the understanding that God loves us and definitely has direction and plans for our lives. We just have to be still and listen. I was eager to hear His voice. I was waiting for a loud thundering noise to come down from above, but instead it was the opposite! It was quite subtle, yet hit me straight in the face. God can speak to us through many ways. Through confirmations, events, people, and literally anything that gets our attention.

This is a story I vividly remember like it was yesterday! It all began back in sixth grade. I was on the way to my best friend’s house, and in the car I had a strange daydream/vision that I couldn’t understand. In it was a fish in a glass bowl on a table with purple sparkles of some sort. I arrived to her house, and to my surprise there was a carnival going on a couple blocks from the house!

We walked over and ended up playing a game where you get three chances to throw a ball into several columns of cups. Each cup had something different inside of it for a prize. First shot, missed. Second shot, missed. Third shot, SCORE! I had no idea what was in the cup. Turns out, it was a live goldfish in water. I mean, they were pretty big cups… but a goldfish? Alright then.

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… Darla! Sorry, had to.

The man in charge of the game put the goldfish in a plastic bag for me to take home. We walked in the door and the first thing her mom said was, “LOOK! A.. goldfish?” She gave a puzzled look on her face, because why would I bring home a goldfish? Nevertheless she brought out a glass bowl to put the fish in, and set it on the kitchen table. Incidentally she had been working on a craft of some sort, and thought it might make it fun to add a little something to the bowl. Can you guess what it was? Yep. She sprinkled purple glitter in it.

So, what was the point of all of this? Well, just like soldiers need years of training before they step out to the real battlefield, so often does our sensitivity to God’s voice need training. I believe He was preparing and teaching me how to hear by using something as ludicrous or meaningless as a goldfish in a bowl with purple sprinkles. Now if this story sounds bazaar to you, believe me.. there are plenty more where that came from! ❤️

~ Xo, Rachel.

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