Deep rural. That’s how our new parish is described. There are not many shops or eating places in the nearby town. Coming from the Scottish Highlands, we are quite used to not having any shops nearby. Having said that, it is always nice to have somewhere special to go to for a wee treat. Shortly after we moved, we discovered a small Thai restaurant! I don’t like spicy food so was delighted to know that they can prepare a non spicy version for me!
We paid a visit to the Thai one evening. We had a lovely meal but were disappointed to know that they were only open for dinner. Disappointed because we don’t like going out in the dark especially when there are no streetlights.
The next day I told the Mhinisteir that I was going to pray that the Thai will start opening for lunch. It wasn’t said in jest. I was serious and I did start praying that day!!!
What happened next was quite unbelievable! A week later, we decided to go for a quick dinner at the same Thai Restaurant. All of a sudden, the owner came out of the kitchen and started giving us leaflets. She explained that since that afternoon they had started opening the restaurant for lunch. The Mhinisteir and I were gobsmacked!!!!
“What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?” – Psalm 8:4