entry on October 23rd asks the question: Does he (God) want me to stop
writing? In the decade and a half, since publishing the strange pathways
my life has taken, I can't recall an incident, where I had lost an
entire chapter. There had been many blackouts during that time, but never
had so much text vanished!
to my doubt about continuing came in an unusual way. See for yourself! Was
it confirmation to bring my writing to a
Diary - October 23, 2020:
Strange timing! After querying if I ought to continue writing, a
few lines later the ink of my pen faded out!
Why then am I
continuing to write this? Perhaps in the
reading of Our Daily Bread on 20.10.20, the proposed date of
publishing, the answer came?
You see, ten
when I had no idea what the reading that day would be, I was
inspired to call Book 19 "A Broken World to mend". Take
a look, how two words in that title appear in amazing timing: mend
once, mending twice and broken twice!
How can this be
was more that I had discovered, preparing Book 19. Having been inspired to
call it 'A broken world to mend' what image should I use on the index
This is what came...
...as I thought about
the word mend - scissors and a tape measure.
the time I had no idea that an image in this book would include a tape measure!
Besides the address
of the property that just sold, number 315, as well as 316 made me
stick it into my diary. They happen to add to 600
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finishing Book 18 and commencing Book 19 I caught a bug; not the nasty
virus the world is fighting. It was a condition, which sounds similar to
Alzheimers; it's called the 'Old-timers bug'. Readers must understand
that in Germany they call old, historic cars 'Old-timers'. Mine wasn't a VW
Bug, but a Mercedes:
Mercedes 230 W 123
What does old,
retired men do, rather than vacuum cleaning or dishes? Tinker with
the old-timer in the driveway!
What gives me a
particular thrill is to open the bonnet and read, where it's made:
Stuttgart-Untertuerkheim. I grew up three train stations from
This is NOT the vehicle in question. Mine is 8 years older. But
what dramatic price reduction: Why ask for nearly $3000,
then give not $10
discount, but $5?
What a bargain!
It would have sold quickly
often have side effects. The cure for my Old-timers bug, buying the
Mercedes, had an unexpected side-effect, another bug. Since the vehicle
needed new registration plates, the front one was damaged, why not try for a special letter/number combination,
one that goes
So I did, with surprising results!
02 / 04 and MERCI 1 >>>
first all I wanted was, perhaps, MERC 79, since it was built
in 1979. It was not available. Further searches revealed that MERC
02 was available. I bought it. This success started a search for
available combinations. We ended up
three plates, all starting with the four letters MERC. MERCI
1 is unique in that it has a religious meaning:
Thank you, Lord (No.1).
felt a little strange, when driving into the church carpark for the first
time in a Hyundai, registration plate MERC .... Just as well; those few who
noticed it, probably nobody, wouldn't know about the entire 'madness',
more ME back home.
next made me take a picture in church. The date here is important -
October 4th or 10.4.20! The date matched those three ME...perfectly.
more, something else matched: Take a look:
He leadeth me ...
As the band played
this tune, Oct. 4th had meant noting - yet. I took the
picture for another reason: me, at the end of three lines.
are no longer cables suspended from the ceiling of the auditorium.
Otherwise, perhaps... ? It shows, even without cable, God is able!
regard someone, who registered three car number plates, starting with ME ME ME,
a little selfish, maybe crazy? So be it.
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administrative process of acquiring three personal number plates, took a few trips to the
government registration office. During the final visit I had a ...(read
on, then fill in an adjective) encounter with numbers! I write it as it was, feeling a little
guilty, because I 'stole' something, so I could stick it into my diary (and
show it here, in my autobio:)
arriving at the registration office clients are given a small piece of
paper with a number. When theirs is called they proceed to the
designated counter, where they are served. There's a small container,
where one disposes of the piece of paper.
The S in digital
form = 5!
Our first place of residence in SA was in the suburb of Evandale,
The only other place, the suburb we bought our house in, has
I placed my S103 in the container, the other two were clearly visible.
I recognized the peculiarity immediately. What would the lady
serving me at the counter have said, had I said: "Just a
moment, I must take a picture of these numbers ...?"
Instead, my fingers, not very long or nimble,
quietly reached for them and rescued them from destruction. They found a
resting place in my diary!
I still being followed by numbers? The same day, after posting
above image here,
a small truck
(Govt. vehicle) overtook me near the intersection with Kings
Road on McIntyre - Rego S 069... The very next day this
vehicle stopped in front of me, at a junction. >>>
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incidence, on top of others, all totally unplanned and impossible to
fabricate, was so
powerful around that time, it prompted me to plan this present new piece
of writing. Another example:
One morning I was driving to the a western suburb to pick up a
spare part for my new toy, the MERC. The delivery truck that day had not
come; my order hadn't arrived. How inconvenient, having to wait, or drive
back home or ...?
to go to the bank, about five kilometers away in the suburb of Ingle
Farm. Parking my vehicle, the Suzuki, in the carpark, I failed to noticed the magic on the dashboard.
Only on driving
off again did I suddenly see it. Again I felt bowled over by numbers. I
got out the camera:
the MERC numbers.
Had things gone according to
plan, hurrying to take the spare part to my mechanic, I may have
missed these perfectly fitting, six digits on the dashboard.
What can we
say? MERCI 1.
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of October 2020, right from day one, brought with it some of the
peculiar stuff I'm writing about. It was the first day of the month, the
day our church had started the theme of Moses. Thursday October 1,
2020 presented perfect weather to enjoy a bike ride with a cycling
Adelaide's scenic cycling track extends from the foothills to the
mouth of the Torrens River, where it flows into the Ocean. Very close
to there we enjoyed a traditional fish and chips lunch in an outdoor
away, afterwards, I nearly missed it, we had shared
lunch only few meters away from MOSES.
The uncanny timing,
the day of starting a study on Moses, did it. I had seen many names
scratched in concrete; never Moses.
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August 2020 the virus crisis in Australia had eased. We took
the risk and flew to Brisbane, hired a vehicle and escaped the
southern winter for 12 days. If the so-called new normal in travel looks
like this - no queues at the airport or car hire office, little traffic
on the road and big discounts in accommodation etc. bring it on!
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Mount Beerwah, 556m.
the balcony of our apartment on the beachfront in Redcliffe, a suburb
of Brisbane, we could see this peak in the distance. A visit was a
at the photo, typing
this stirs my adventurous spirit to consider climbing this mountain.
Mountains exist to be conquered (or photographed.)
Caboolture Historic Village
Some say, if you've
seen one, you've seen them all. I'd love to see them all! The place
had just reopened after the shutdown. Of course, beside the mandatory
petrol station, hospital, school house etc. a Salvation Army Citadel
is always a highlight.
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Redcliffe, QLD >>>
Radically set free
from... decades of drug abuse and gambling, both the Pastor of
this church and his wife, who also suffered depression and
anxiety, were totally changed by the power of God. According to
their website Jerome & Jess
'love Jesus Christ with an absolute passion and want to see other
people freed from bondage'. What transformation...!!!
|'Jerome & Jess love to have fun and enjoy good food, they
are easy going, down to earth.' What an example of what God can do
with broken lives and what HE wants to do to our broken world! HE wants to mend it by the power
of Jesus Christ!
pasting above image I saw the numbers magic. Not the phone number, but
the 10s and 20s. Proposed date of publishing this chapter had been
Perhaps number 2221
is the reason for the delay in finishing this book? Hours before this
writing (on 28.10.20) in the middle of the night, a fresh revelation
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destination, travelling in our Toyota hire car, was Yeppoon, a coastal town
near Rockhampton. It was a mistake to leave late, after 9 am. We had
totally miscalculated, how long the drive would take, never considered road
works and bad weather. It was quite a challenging drive in heavy rain; especially
later in the dark, negotiating all the detours around road works.
We had booked into
an Adelaide St. apartment looking out onto the beach. The
main shops were in walking distance. Back to the resort the distance
was the same, but
called climbing distance! (You get the idea.)
outlook in the other direction was equally spectacular. Who would bother with
the dishwasher, when even the sink comes with Ocean views?
We stayed three
nights here, relaxing vigorously, forgetting what time of day it was!
an early morning walk I saw and photographed this street sign. James
had reminded me of a text I had sent minutes earlier to friends.
were facing a difficult decision. My message ended by encouraging them to pray for wisdom.
"God promised to
give it freely to those who ask for it. James 1.5."
One morning I
asked my wife on waking: "What time is it?" She tried to check her
wrist watch at
the bedside table and replied: "It's 7.15, could be 8.15?" It didn't
really matter, but why do
they make ladies watches so small? The date was August 8th,
of which we were reminded during a stroll, window shopping in James
Street, down town Yeppoon:
Date 08 August ...
correct. Not so the
time on the clock. It was more like 12 noon, not 10.10. How could I not have taken a picture?
A short distance
away, still in James, a Jewelry shop displayed wrist watches. I
recalled my wife's failure to tell the correct time that morning. Why
not buy her a bigger watch? I thought it
was a 10 out of 10 idea. Next I noticed that all watches in the window
were set to 10.10. Why so?!
|No new watch that day. Numbers had never impressed my wife.
And besides, wearing a watch big enough, so you can read the time
correctly, takes away the excuse for always running late!
Rockhampton, called the Beef Capital of Australia, has some impressive
buildings that give witness to a rich, eventful past! Below (left) the
Heritage Hotel and the Customs House.
a place could be called 'Paradise' it's this, a tiny island in the
Whitsundays. It would be perfect, if there were tracks for riding a
does one do after sipping the 10th cocktail by the poolside? A kayak
doesn't do it for me. Off the coast there's the famous, heritage
listed Great Barrier Reef. It's spectacular - to dive
Hamilton Island is much larger and only a short boat ride away.
Tourist transport is by free shuttle bus, or hiring an electric buggy.
We did; and explored this gem, Paradise' big brother. Climbing to this
lookout the batteries went flat. A pedal bicycle never gets a flat
Both islands, Daydream
Island, ten kilometers offshore and Hamilton Island (26 km) are easily
reached by ferry from Airlie Beach. It's a mystery, why not every
Australian wants to live in this Paradise? (Ah, you couldn't have a
hobby car. There are no private cars on the island.)
Airlie Beach, we stayed in this lovely, spacious apartment that
overlooked the town and ocean. It was perfect. Pity, unlike Yeppoon,
in Airlie Beach the sun
didn't rise over the ocean. (But it didn't matter, there was no view from the
kitchen sink, anyway).
Beach, QLD >>>
Visiting this lovely
tourist town once again, my mind went back many times to my bicycle
ride in 2009 (Bk.8, Ch.7). The luxury resort shown here and the marina
were one huge building site back then.
back, not only this town has changed, my style of writing has also. (I
just browsed over it. There's a vast difference ...)
Just here in my writing I took
a break to have breakfast. I switched on the radio and tuned into the the daily
broadcast by Pastor Greg Laurie, from Riverside California. He talked about the
Passover and the food that had to be exactly prepared the
way God instructed it. This took to him to talk about his pet hate (if your
pardon the pun) cats.
He'd read about a 5-star cat
hotel, where cats would only receive the best of everything. He described the
way cats are pampered, their rooms, their food, the various ways fish was
As I listened I thought,
what prefect timing, I was about to write the story about the 'D'vine Fish'
Cafe in Airlie Beach!
One morning we took a walk
from our uptown apartment down to town. As we stepped around a rubbish bin, a
large open skip, I spotted a red sign inside. Half covered in rubble, I thought
I read the letters 'fish'. A closer look revealed, it was the word fish -
interesting?! How could a man, surname Fischer, not pause and wonder what this
was all about?
The D'vine Fish Cafe/Bar had
had a renovation. Obviously
the old business sign was now in the rubbish bin. I couldn't very
well rescue it right then, since we were on foot. Us tourists, walking along the
esplanade with a huge fish sign under the arm, would create a spectacle. My wife
hates being a spectacle! It would have started Word War 333333.
The next morning we happened
to tune into TV Channel Nine.
weather reporter was broadcasting his show from right there - the fish D’vine
Cafe Airlie Beach. Now I
remembered that lonely, discarded sign among the rubble.
made a dash,
the fish from trash.
Free fish souvenir.
Like the fish in the
sea, my fish was for free!
It now hangs on our
shed, and I feel I was led...
...to rescue that
sign, to make it mine, perhaps there's some meaning divine?
aside, the earlier hint at a fresh revelation holds a link to the word fish. In
the New Testament there's an incident, where some fishermen landed a huge catch
of fish. Bible scholars for centuries have wondered,
why the exact number of
fish - 153 - is mentioned?
No, I did not
receive special revelation to solve this puzzle. But my eyes opened to link to a common word, found in the final chapter of the bible, a one-word prayer to mend our broken world:
Applying code ABC123,
come reads 3, 15, 13, 5.
...there won't be
innocent people locked in jail, only the guilty,
won't be helpless, healthy, unborn
babies slaughtered by the hundreds of thousands, just for convenience,
be men or women, who have sexual relations with others of the same gender,
won't be porn or perversion as entertainment,
wont' be young people, who were never taught the bible, what Jesus'
death on the cross was all about,
won't be the rich and corrupt, who exploit the poor to satisfy their insatiable
lust for power and wealth.
Must I go on?
If the new normal after COVID 19 looks like this, bring it on!
As much as
the world needs a change in the physical climate, it needs a radical
change in the moral climate. The broken human heart needs mending. It will
happen when each one humbly turns to Jesus Christ, the Alpha and Omega,
who was and is and is to come. (Revelation 1,8).
who testifies to these things says, “Yes,
I am coming soon.”
Come, Lord Jesus. (Revelations 22, 21).