Chapter 14 Written / Published 16.5./19.5.18 (Pics by author, unless indicated)
The ABC123 code again leads to some remarkable discoveries in this chapter, starting and ending with ISSO. But let's never forget codes and numbers are merely a tool. Without God's Spirit, the Spirit of love, they are mere numerology and meaningless.
In the beginning we cross paths with local parliamentarians. At the end we come a.cross (point added on purpose) a politician across the other side of the world.
I was going to write his story from memory. So glad I checked my dairy for the finer details. I had no idea what an unbelievable finish there would be!
Read about a footballer at the bottom of his career and his turnaround, about an initiative by the American first lady and how the Royal wedding, taking place on the day of publishing, takes us right back to ISSO.
In between all of that we visit our neighbouring state Victoria.
14. Timely royal wedding
Why don't you open the bible, instead of turning on the TV?
This question popped into my mind as I sat down to eat breakfast. I had already said my early morning prayers and was planning to leave for a special church gathering in the city of Adelaide. At first I resisted the thought. There was little time to eat breakfast, knowing I had to battle peak hour traffic for the 8 AM start in North Adelaide.
Holding a spoon with one hand I flung open the bible with the other. My eyes fell onto the Book of Job and immediately focused in on three little words - it is so.
Over the years, whenever these words IS SO appear, they conjure up ancient memories. At the same time they point to the number 1550, which they did even more so on that Thursday morning. The date was May 10th (2018).
It so happened on that rainy day in Adelaide the temperature given in the weather report was minimum 10°, max 15° Centigrade. Now, there are intellectual minds, who love to argue about all kinds of things. But two authorities one can never argue with - the weather bureau and God Almighty. Actually, there's another one - the bathroom scales.
My weight that morning showed exactly 70.0 kilogram. I had the distinct feeling it was going to be a day of special numbers. It was; and it did not take very long to show. As I started the car engine, minutes later, a glance at the dash of my Suzuki showed mankind's favourite number - 7 according to our last chapter. The trip meter showed 7 not once, not twice but ... See for yourself:
Trip meter reading on 10.5 >>> 777.7
But, as expected there was more. I had planned to find a parking spot, as always, outside Christ Church, North Adelaide. Battling through very heavy traffic, I was wondering, would I make the 8 AM meeting on time? The stress of negotiating peak hour traffic, something I had not done in a long time, made me wonder how I ever survived those decades, when that battlefield was my place of work as driving instructor.
The numbers surprise continued after I had parked my green 228 Suzuki. Only then did I realize I had parked right next to a VIC registered Mitsubishi, registration number ... 550:
The important meeting I attended that morning took place in St. Peters Cathedral. I had read in a newsletter that a church service was to be held at 8 AM on Thursday, May 10th 2018 for Members of Parliament. Not that I counted myself among this elite, but when I read, the public is invited to attend, I knew I'd be there, God willing.
The gathering was small enough to notice, who was there and who was missing. There were many fresh faces I did not recognize, recently elected MPs. However, looking at this picture, I was very familiar with four or five of the nine shown. They had crossed my paths somewhere among my hundreds of chapters:
When I spotted him at the end of the pew, I felt strongly to sit with him. So I did. It was a good decision. Talking to him afterwards it occurred to me to ask him, where he lived. Next question, since it was raining outside: "How are you going to get home? Can I give you a lift?" So I did. En route to his house he told me that I was the answer to his prayer. He had quietly prayed there would be somebody able to drive him home.
In the previous chapter you will find the name Michael. There it is that of a politician. In the bible it is that of an angle, sorry an angel. Lesli White writes in Beliefnet.com:
Friends, I'm not sure, where to take this from here. Best to change to another biblical name, one which has been providing magic in the previous chapters - the name James. Take a look, how James popped up in my daily bible readings:
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One day earlier, on May 8th, 2018, a world famous person launched a campaign along the same lines - encouraging children to live a healthy life. I took special notice when I first got a glimpse of it on television. The timing was uncanny, and so was the two word slogan. It included the letters BE two times.
Ten minutes earlier I had typed an email to relatives in London. They had sent a lovely photo of their four grand-daughters. The word grand, the alternative meaning, suddenly tickled the funny side of my brain. In the PS of my email I wrote the thought that came, a play of words:
Within minutes, back in the TV room the following news item appeared on the screen. Judge for yourself, if there could be a more fitting news item to cause an aha moment:
In the middle of the night (3.31 am) before this writing I woke with a picture in my mind, which stemmed from the above*
The number 69 and the earlier noted letters V C are perfect to send us on our way for the anticipated, short trip to Victoria. I had had a very busy and stressful week doing voluntary work; almost felt like quitting. Instead, at short notice, I decided to take a break and hijack my wife for this get-away from it all. Winter was on our doorstep, but the weather still very hot; unusually hot for April.
As we travelled through Mildura, on the Murray River near the New South Wales border, the temperature reached a record 39.6° C. (103° F). Likewise, Swan Hill where we stayed on our first night, experienced a record high for April.
In that Chapter (70) reader will also see a picture of a building, No, 2001. It so happened that in early May 2018 I received a newsletter from an American Christian organization, whose address is also 2001.
I can't recall having ever subscribed to this organization's newsletter. A scribble in my diary (Tue 8/5/18) asks: "Do they know 2220, 1511, 414, Two Ten??
If so, whoever follows my journey may know that I have a sister Anita in the USA. One of their admin. staff is called Ania*, surname ... the same name as one of my brother's in Germany.
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There was another reason why I took this 'see L' picture. My wife's cousin, who we had lunch with in Ballarat, who took the picture below, shared lunch with us in a Restaurant in Sturt Street. The name of the Restaurant - SCHNITZ- seemed to have the letters E L missing. (I don't think one needs to be German to notice this).
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Our last full day in Victoria was on Friday 13th April 2018. It was a very cold morning, considering that only days early hot-weather records had been broken. I decided to take my Scott road bike for a little ride through the beautiful country side, among the vineyards and orchards around the district where we were staying in Harcourt.
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The A-League football season was coming to an end. My team Adelaide United finished a respectable fifth on the table. The team coached by Stuttgart born Marco Kurz qualified for the finals playoff. However, their dream of winning the big trophy for a second time came to an end in the second round.
On April 28th, 2018 two remaining teams were locked in a battle to reach the grand final, Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC, the favourite to win. If they were to succeed it would top off an incredibly successful season, having won 20 out of the 27 matches played; they only lost 3. It would have also meant a sweet farewell for their coach Graham Arnold. He was leaving to become the Socceroos coach, Australia's National team, after the upcoming World Cup in Russia.
But Arnold's dream looked like it was also coming to an end. Melbourne Victory was leading 2:1 right through the second half. They were trailing only because of an own goal by Sydney FC in the 24th minute. The closer it got to the final whistle, the more cheering and celebrating antics were heard among the visiting Melbourne supporters. The home team was desperate for an equalizer.
And it came - in a most incredible way, a Eigentor. This German word literally means 'own goal'. Own goals at that level of football are rare, but to witness two in one game is incredible. The Eigentor equalizer came at the worst time possible - seconds before full time.
In the back of my mind the name Antonis sounded familiar. It came to me that I had not long before written about a similar name, a musician named Antonin. In chapter 12, appropriately named 'surnames for winners' he received a mention. It didn't take long for me to put two and two together and squeeze the O in between:
If any reader now thinks that in church the next morning the microphone cable fell exactly onto the letters NOS they are partially right. When a slide appeared on the screen I noticed it fell exactly onto letter NS. I wished I had my camera handy to take a picture.
But I managed a picture during church one week later. It was the morning after Antonis' football team, Melbourne Victory) had won the grand final. (That date was 5.5 and the score 1:0, it really ISSO).
It was Red Shield Sunday on May 6th. Everybody had been encouraged to wear something red that morning. The young lady who gave the children's story out the front wore a cape. On the back, that's what puzzled me, I noticed the letter V in red.
On the morning after above NAN.CY crossword brainteaser I realized there was a quirky twist I had not seen. The missing part were a C and Y (25). Both letters fit into this chapter perfectly.
Still there was more. The day of publishing, (19.5.) in 2018 happens to be a big day in the British Royal Family, especially for Prince Harry and his American bride Meghan. They must have been inspired to pick this day. I'm amazed, how the timing of it fits again perfectly into this chapter:
... the Royal couple needs far more than magic numbers for their future happiness. If they heed God's Word and ask HIM for HIS guidance and blessing every day, their marriage will succeed. Yes, even the Royal family is subject to God Almighty!
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We commenced this chapter crossing paths with our State Parliamentarians. To close here let me highlight an incident in my diary, when my paths crossed with another State Parliament. It was a.cross (point added) the other side of the world - the Bavarian Landtag and its recently appointed leader. I know this sounds repetitive, but it's the holy timing once again, which can't be dismissed as co-incident.
The morning after uploading the previous chapter, titled 'To be25 or not to be' I woke in the middle of the night. A thought came, which made me look at the clock, just in case it would become part of my story. It was 3.16 AM.
In Australia it was ANZAC Day, where we remember the fallen during the wars. (Perhaps this is why I woke seeing crosses?) I couldn't go back to sleep so I tuned into the BBC London on my little transistor radio. A news item would have blown me over had I not been laying in bed under the doona.
It was read* during the 3.30 AM bulletin (Adelaide time). After pondering this news for a while I rose at 3.57 AM to write it all down:
A little research revealed that there is opposition to this initiative. Out of all the people, even some clergy are not happy. One must wonder about these clergy's spirituality, not welcoming God's symbol, the very essence of their faith, into the public arena.
Let's remind ourselves of a scripture, which came up a few times in recent chapters:
How opposite is this initiative to what some of our politicians are advocating? The Greens, if they were in power, would dispense with the Opening Prayers in our Parliaments! NOT good!
Wow! Thank you Lord for waking me at 3.16 AM on Anzac Day!