Fish freckles and the day that He showed up in my garage

Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Luke 12:6,7 NIV

There really have been those times for me that I have felt forgotten, well, at least a little bit anyway. Sometimes I have questioned my own personal value. I have even questioned the reality of my relationship with Jesus. I suspect that you have felt like that once in a while too, or should I say, I really hope that I am not completely alone on this account!

I have had the Lord show up a few times and usually right in the middle of my “Pity Party” celebration. He must feel bad for me since no one that I invite comes to those parties anyway. He has shown up in the most unusual of ways; but maybe for him it’s not that unusual. I would like to tell you about one of those times and certainly one of the two most profound encounters that I have had since becoming a believer.

Some years back I was in my garage working on a fish. I should explain that my sister Anne and I did some artwork together for about 9 years and sold our wares at art shows. We made underwater scenes together. I would use a saw to make fish out of sheets of copper, trying to make them look as real as possible. Anne would carve and paint backgrounds for them, frame them and put it all behind glass. Every once in a while, we would sell one. That was part of what kept us going for those 9 years.

This particular time we were doing a series on trout. I was working on one of those fish in my garage and making the finishing touches. The last thing to go on the fish were the spots. The spots were, in my opinion, what really made the fish look great, so much so, that you might catch me putting spots on the kind of fish where spots would not be part of that specie’s normal attire. It’s sort of like people with freckles- I like them and I think that God purposely puts freckles on a lot of people because He likes them too!

As I was admiring how good the spots made the trout look, I said out loud to myself, “One of my favorite things to do is to put spots on trout!” and I heard right behind me in a non-audible voice (but very clearly), “ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS TO DO IS TO PUT SPOTS ON TROUT TOO!”

After a few moments of amazement, I went in the house and told my wife, or at least tried, through the tears that were welling up in my eyes and my shaky voice. I knew that day, He had showed up in my garage and I was excited! He wanted me to know that I hadn’t been forgotten. He was interested in what I was interested in. He wanted me to know that I was worth more than many sparrows. He loved me, He liked me and He was never very far away.

Not only did he say those things to me back then, but today He would say those very same things to you; you haven’t been forgotten, I am interested in what you are interested in, you are worth more than many sparrows. I Love you and I Like you and I want you to know that I am NEVER very far away!


Rick Urban has been on staff at Faith Center since 2008 and is currently the Care Ministries Director. Rick and his wife Carol have been married for 34 years and have 2 children and 7 grandchildren.  In his spare time Rick enjoys photography, fishing and hunting. He is a native of Eureka.