New Year 2013

Our quiet street at National Park, with Mt Ngarauhoe (Mt Doom) in the background.

Happy New Year.  NZ shuts down this time of the year, its our summer holidays, and the best time to get away.  We spent most of our holiday at National Park, the highest township in NZ at 825 metres (2706 feet), population 240.  We rented a cute little bach on a very quiet street with a view of the volcanoes. and soaked up the peace.

We decided to do a Lord of the Rings thing this year, visiting some of the locations in the North Island, since we are both fans.  I like it because its an epic journey, a bit like the Kingdom, and the movies were made here.  I hadn’t factored in the release of the Hobbit, making Hobbiton a very popular location to visit this year – or Mount Tongariro, the volcano next to Mt  Ngarauhoe (Mt Doom in the Lord of the Rings)  erupting in the last few months.  That’s life.  Man proposes, God disposes … OR  “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.Proverbs 19:21.

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Me near “Mordor”, Mt Tongariro

We decided to go ahead and do it anyway, and I’m glad we did.  On the first night of our holiday we stayed at hot springs outside Matamata, near the location of Hobbiton.  The first movie of Lord of the Rings was on TV that night.  Now we didn’t plan that.  My husband thought the happy coincidence was a Kingdom thing.  I believe it too.  I have heard it said that a coincidence is a happening or small miracle where God chooses to remain anonymous.

I hope 2013 brings you good things, and may you see beauty, pattern and order in coincidences.

Us at Hobbiton, on the Lord of the Rings themed holiday

At Hobbiton

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