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Monday, 18 February 2019 21:30

Wrapped in Mystery

 2019.01.Our Mystery Tour.2

As part of our life in MGL, we particularly value sisterhood, and take considerable amounts of time, particularly at the beginning of the year to build these relationships. Recently Mel, suggested that we, the Melbourne sisters go on a mystery tour. No one knew where we were heading except Mel despite some interesting speculations. As we got closer, we figured that we were going to ‘Hanging Rock.’

When we got to the gate, a sign stated that due to strong winds, the tracks to climb Hanging Rock were closed. A tour guide directed us to Mount Macedon instead. Thus, it became a mystery tour even to Mel who had initially planned it. It was challenging to drive up the mountain as everything was covered in thick fog - we could only see about 10m ahead of us. In that moment it got me thinking about our own journey with God that is often wrapped up in mystery. Often, the fact is that we can only see few steps ahead and the rest is all unknown.

When we stepped out from the car, a fragrance that could undoubtedly be of roses filled us with a pleasant sense of welcome. We were surrounded by water droplets that constantly brushed against our clothes adding to the chilliness. The snow gum trees with their grey trunks blended in well with the whiteness of the atmosphere, drawing me to ponder about their ability to cope in harsh weather in places of higher altitude. The blue hydrangea along the path to the ‘Memorial Cross’ enhanced the beauty that I encountered there.

On the whole, this mystery tour that became a mystery to all of us, taught me that in our walk with God we are invited to be comfortable with mystery, that there is often low visibility of what lies ahead, that we need a ‘willingness’ to be beaten up by harsh weather along the way and there is a necessity of an openness to see the beauty of what God has in store. Thus, we will encounter incredible beauty in a lifelong adventure of surrendering to the mystery of God.

Ayanthi Perera