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走新路 · 唱新歌
那天第一次沿著山澗道，登小馬山山頂欣賞夕陽，迎著清涼晚風繼續上畢拿山，而後藉著手機的微光，直下 599 級階梯到大風坳。由於傍晚近六點才啟行，體力有限也走不快，沿途又不斷驚歎於大自然的美而駐足拍照，因此到了柏架山道要往鰂魚涌時，已是漆黑一片。
New Song at a New Turn
Rev Libby Wang
I can't forget the first time I walked up to Siu Ma Shan along the babbling brooks to watch the sunset. A gentle breeze was blowing and we continued up to Mount Butler before descending 599 steps down to Quarry Gap. Our way was lit by the dim flashlight of a handset. We set out at around 6pm and with our limited physical strength, slow pace and photo-taking as we marveled at the stunning scenery along the way, it was completely dark when we finally landed at Mount Parker Road in Quarry Bay.
Having been able to finish the journey that was beyond my capacity, I have to thank God for preparing a guide for me. Last year, I started going to a gym as I strongly felt the need to stay in shape and to overcome my laziness and fear of training. There I met a couple of friends. One of them, Ms M, is my neighbor. When the pandemic surged and the gym was closed, she invited me to join her to hike. I gladly accepted. I also look forward to the day when she will accept the invitation to enter into the abundant grace of God.
My friend is accustomed to hiking. Where the ground is level, she likes to run. There she is – always waiting for me at the next turn before we continue the next section. I have a weak sense of direction, especially in the hills. I only dare to walk leisurely on the paths in daytime. It was only because M was there to lead the way was I not afraid to walk in the hills, enjoying the beautiful sunset as the night approached.
I grew up in a village steeped in religious tradition. I am often amazed to find myself chosen by God Most High, to follow Him all my life and be accompanied and protected by His grace and lovingkindness wherever I go. Whether in pastures green or the valley of the shadow of death, the joy of faith abounds. Whether during a walk in the hills or along the glittering harbor front at night, or during church online meetings, the joy is there. Ms A shared that she was grateful for the Lord who heard her prayer during the pandemic. Her husband had since displayed a change of attitude and shown greater love and care for her. She was emotional when she talked about it. That was God's compassion and wondrous works.
The past year has been a roller coaster experience for Hong Kong. Nobody knows where the next turn will take us. But it is obviously the intention of the roller coaster designer and operator to land the passengers safety back on the ground after the thrills. I have been asked whether I would return to Taiwan. To be frank, I never thought about that! My only hope and prayer is that during this period, I will learn to rely on the Lord more. I am convinced that the all-knowing, almighty God is guiding us to walk on a path we have never known. We need to be vigilant with Him so as not to miss His tiny voice in the whirlwind.
The psalmists have often called on the children of God to sing to Him a new song. One day, we will sing a new song of redemption in the new heaven and new earth. Meanwhile, on a path apparently leading away from stability and prosperity, we are all the more called upon to experience God by faith and to sing a new song exalting His faithfulness, lovingkindness, justice and power.