Written by 盧國禮
我駕駛著 Honda Fit ，和另一半出了車房閘，轉左向北行一段路，再轉右向南，很快來到我們熟悉的韓國雜貨店。慣例打個 “round”，就買想買的東西：海鹽﹐兩包粗的，一包細的﹐拿著甚重。當時我想起耶穌說的話，我們基督徒要在世上作鹽，作光. . . . . . 。
駕車從 Kingsway 向北行，走近 Nelson 街。”午膳何處去？”我問。
太太微小的聲說：”牛仔屋”。”奇怪！”我暗想. . . . . .。
餐廳不擠，被帶到近窗的座位，向外望一望，看見 Starbucks 近在側鄰。天空湛藍，不禁拿手機拍張照片。感謝 神！
侍應走來，太太說想吃 “Curry Chicken” 飯，我想吃素菜咖哩。不過，餐單改了，侍應提議我吃班腩咖哩飯，這也是我喜歡吃的。當時，環境幽靜，我們禱告，感謝 神賜給我們一處憩靜的地方，享用午膳。
回程時，約下午三時左右，剛好是 tea time 的時候。駕著 車由 Nelson Ave 南行，來到我們常喜歡來的 Manderville 花園 Café。太太買了一個花盆，我想，可能要把家中其中一株花換盆吧！栽種室內熱帶植物是她的愛好，且有好成績，因為她不但悉心照顧，而且為它們禱告，求天父保守。看見植物生長的奇妙過程，更使人讚嘆我們的 神創造的奧秘。
我走近咖啡櫃檯處，要了一壺 Red Rose (茶包一個)和一件藍莓餅。向右邊窗外看看，我們的 Honda Fit 就在外邊，拿著手機拍下一張相。感謝 神！
生活有時很簡單、安穩、無慮，感悟與 神的同在。記起 神說：”人活多年，就當快樂多年，然而也當想黑暗的日子，因為這日子必多，所要來的都是虛空” (傳道書11：8) 。我們靠著耶穌的慈愛，天父的恩惠，聖靈的帶領，記念創造我們的主，直至見祂面的時刻。阿們！
Recently snowy weather continued for a few days. Snow-fall stopped on last Wednesday. The sun came out. Though the temperature was near zero degrees, it was calm and the sun was shining bright. I desired to venture out.
With my wife I rolled out in my Honda Fit through the garage gate, turned left and headed north for a while, then turned right and went south, soon arriving at the Korean Grocery Store that we know. Habitually, we walked around before buying what we needed. Sea salts—two bags of coarse salt and one bag of fine salt—were bought. It was heavy for me carrying them. Then I remembered Jesus’ saying that we Christians living in this world ought to be like “salt and light”. . . .
While on Kingsway rolling towards the north, approaching Nelson Ave.,
“Where to for lunch?” I asked.
My wife softly said: “Cattle Café”.
“To my surprise!” I muted. . . .
Quickly I changed to lane one as no vehicles were following behind, and then turned right. The parking entrance is on the opposite left side of the street. After having parked my car, we strolled to the Cattle Café.
It was not crowded. We were ushered to a table near the window. Looking out, we saw Starbucks close by on the side. The sky was azure. I couldn’t help but take a snapshot with my cell phone. Thank you, my Lord, God!
The waiter came along. My wife would have Curry Chicken with rice. I wished to have Veggie Curry. But the menu had been changed. The waiter recommended to me Curry Fish with rice, which I also like. At that time in a tranquil environment, we prayed, giving thanks to God for gifting us a cozy place to enjoy our lunch.
On our return trip, it was about 3:00 P.M. It’s opportune tea time. I drove my Honda Fit towards South on Nelson Ave. We arrived at the Manderville Garden Café where we often frequent. My wife bought a flower pot. I thought that might be one of the potted plants at home that needed to be replaced. To plant indoor tropical plants is her loving hobby. She has achieved good results because she not only cares for the plants with love but also prays to Heavenly Father for their protection. In observing the plants in their miraculous growing progress, all the more we want to praise our God in His mysterious creation.
I walked close to the Coffee counter where I ordered a pot of tea (i.e., a Red Rose tea beg), and a blueberry biscuit. Browsing through the window on the right, I found our Honda Fit just parked outside. I took a snapshot of it with my cell phone. Thank you, my Lord, God!
Life sometimes is simple—secure and safe, without worry, realizing the presence of God. God reminds me: “However many years a man may live, let him enjoy them all. But let him remember the days of darkness, for they will be many. Everything to come is meaningless” (Ecclesiastes 11:8). Dependent on the love of Jesus Christ, the grace of Heavenly Father and the lead of the Holy Spirit, remember our Lord, our Creator until we’ll see His face. Amen!
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