Chapter 1 Written / Published 19.2./1.3.19 (Pics by author, unless indicated)
"For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2.Cor.12.10b)
Above scripture came to me on the morning of 21.2 (2019). The digits 1 and 2 are again on the menu, as they were in the previous chapter, Book 16 Chapter 19.
The same day, in the evening, I snapped a picture of a lady. The timing and the dress she was wearing amazed me. Until now lady's attire had not been one of my special interests.
A large part in this chapter is about football. However it has less to do with the sport than with a rare phenomena, which even a statistician may have trouble explaining. Of course, January in Adelaide means bike racing. A number repeats itself.
But at first we shall look up. The lyrics on the church screen revealed an important message.
1. The secret photo
"Christ alone, Cornerstone, weak made strong in the Saviour's love. Through the storm he is Lord, Lord of all."
In church on Sunday Feb. 17th 2019 I raised my voice with the rest of the congregation, exclaiming that Christ is Lord of all. My Spirit was particularly sensitive that day, knowing that two days later I would be commencing to write more chapters in this my online autobiography.
Earlier in the service the choir had sung lyrics from Psalm 121. How co-incidental was this? I reminded my wife, who was sitting next to me, what had happened on the Monday prior. We were having breakfast, while the television screen in the background dished up the latest crimes, car crashes, wild storms and misbehaving men*, whatever the producers had chosen to broadcast.
A few minutes after the news my wife made a comment. With a mildly raised voice she said: "That's in the bible!" I had not been listening carefully at the time, but the item shown (going by memory) was about people looking down constantly onto their mobile phones. Some psychologist expert advocated that looking up was healthier.
Her comment came after she recalled the beginning of a Psalm. I knew which one it was, Psalm 121, one I had learned by heart: "I will lift up mine eyes to the hills from whence comes my help..."
Readers who know how I link data to each other would understand my next thought, let's call it an Aha-moment: "Isn't today's date ...? It was - 11.2, the same digits as the Psalm, only in a different order. This is the reason I took this picture on the Sunday following, February 17th:
The choir's lyrics, based on Psalm 121
Searching for the full version of the lyrics this surprise came: Two times in verse one the word trust appears. How can I ever forget how during my darkest days at the turn of the century (from the 20th to the 21st) God dropped this one word into my spirit. It was such a blessing at the time, after I had lost my dignity, my sanity and even the strength to get up and pull some weeds from our garden. How I needed that word trust in those dark days!
Without God's grace during that fiercest storm of my life, only God knows where I be? But waiting on God, trusting that HE could and would see me through, gave my weak body and mind new strength and hope for future.
The Christian walk is no guarantee that there won't be battles - breakdowns, broken relationships, sickness, accidents, abuse etc. The promise HE gave, however, is HIS assurance that HE would go through life's rough patches with me. And HE did. 21 years later I am still writing about IT.
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Following the final chapter of Book 16, where I had picked up and wrote about a black and white, striped baby sock by a beach in Tasmania, black and white stripes (BWS) kept crossing my path. In church the following Sunday, from where we sat, I spotted three ladies wearing similar patterns. Ever since then it seems that BWS clothing had become the latest fashion.
STOP PRESS ! ! !
No, the secret photo was definitely a better option!
Two days later while having breakfast I turned the television to the You Tube Channel. This was three days after I had chosen the title for this book - TRUST He is able. Those familiar with You Tube understand that after tuning in, before selecting a video, a suggested viewing list come up. 'Trusting Jesus' came up as first choice:
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God forbid that I should ever ignore IT, when magic numbers or letters cross my path, when digits emerge in unexplained patterns. In those moments I feel HIS touch. I sense HE is near. IT is the Lord, who I have known since my youth. The ONE who I have trusted throughout my life, especially during the turbulent events of the last two decades.
After my eyes had opened to NOS, the abbreviation for Numbers, and it's upside down version SON, this phenomena has provided meaning. Until that eye-opening day I had no clear understanding, why my brain increasingly noticed numbers. Gradually it expanded into letters, names, even colours.
There are times when particular data cross my path and only much later do I notice their significance. Take the 1250, which early in the previous Book 16 chapter had emerged twice with great surprise.
In early December 2018, about two weeks after above chapter, I returned from a short camping trip to country Victoria. As it got closer to home reading the odometer of my little, green Suzuki Wagon R+, my peculiar mind wondered, if the mileage covered would come close to 1250 km.
In my mind the author of IT all uses these seemingly trivial idiosyncrasies to highlight the message in 2. Corinthians 5, 10: One day Christ the Saviour will be Christ the Judge. Everyone will face HIM and receive that which they deserve.
Another memorable number in Book 16, 19 was 122222. In the weeks after publishing the chapter my brain once again became aware that something was happening that pointed to 122222. It came ever so slowly, starting on 30.11.18. The subject matter, where this inexplicable numbers sequence showed up, was most unusual - football scores.
The team I follow, Adelaide United Football Club (AUFC), played a home game on that last day of November 2018* at Hindmarsh Stadium. They beat the visiting team from Queensland, Brisbane Roar, 2:1. That was only the start of AUFC football scores, which inexplicitly all included the digits 1 and/or 2 for two more months.
*Co-incident? That day was the 15th anniversary of a cyclist, hit and killed on the road to Kapunda. Interesting!
Above late penalty created a unique situation on the A-League ladder, which must be as rare as a visit to earth from Haley's Comet. May I explain?
A-League Table on 1.1.19 after Round 10: Two teams exactly same stats!
Still more history was made. It so happened that the same New Zealand team played Adelaide United again the week following, in Round 11. The date was 5.1.19. My wife Isobel and our son Jon came to Hindmarsh Stadium with me; also a rare occasion.
Pity that the game turned out to be a disappointment. No goals scored. As hard as the Reds tried toward the end, they could not land the ball in the net. As one shot after another failed and full time was approaching fast, I started thinking: If there is no score, wouldn't this mean that the stats for both teams remain the same for another week?
So it was. The only difference now - both teams had played 11 games, had 4 draws and were now on 16 points. (A draw adds one point). If it's rare that two teams are equal after ten rounds, what are the odds that they would be playing each other again in the next round, draw the match and therefore show identical stats for another week? I bet it's never happened before. (Oops - Salvos don't bet).
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Chapter 11 in the previous book was titled after a number I had seen flashing by in the 2018 cycle race. (HE 1, rider 185). No, I was not even remotely thinking of the chapter, nor the number when I snapped some photos on the first day's race on 13.1.19 in the evening.
Even if I had remembered the previous year and the story in Book 16, Chapter 11, no way would I have been able to catch the right moment for a picture. The peleton even on the flat can reach speeds over 50 km/h.
But HE was able. Take a look:
Jan. 13th 19. Tour Down Under - Bartels Road, Adelaide, near finish line.
*Co-incident? No. 5 Cameron St. received many mentions, the first in Book 4, 8. It's a road in Kapunda. Interesting!
When the winner was announced at the end, of course, I had no idea that on March 1st (3.1) I would be writing about No. 31 and Caleb in my new book with the word able in the title.
Those who learned the biblical story of Caleb know that he had the mindset of a winner. In Numbers 13, Verse 30 Caleb exclaims: "We should be more than able to conquer [the land]."
Caleb trusted God that HE is able.