Balloons and Current Events


Autumn is here. The days are a bit cooler and there’s more wind. This month is marked with a series of festivals throughout our city. We’ve enjoyed parts of the celebrations that were free to attend.

A few weeks ago we attended a Symphony in the Park with a live orchestra playing the score along with the screening of the movie “Babe.” We packed a picnic and took our folding chairs and enjoyed the free concert. The amazing thing for us was the conductor leading the orchestra was also the composer of the original movie score. I don’t know how often I can say I heard the composer conduct the music.

Then we had a balloon spectacular. Depending on weather, our city has a nine day festival of hot air balloons. Last year, when Steven and I got up early to go see the balloons, bad winds cancelled the flights. This time, we checked the weather at 5:30 am and since everything looked fine, we went to have a look at this fun event. I lost count of all the balloons. There were over twenty balloons that were spread out on the grounds in front of old Parliament House. They filled with air from fans, were heated with flames and lifted off the ground when ready. The gondolas hanging below the balloons varied from large to small and even some single man seat balloons. I saw some go-pro cameras hanging from the sides of the balloons, probably to capture the passengers’ faces during their ride.

It surprised me that observers were given so much freedom. We stood between several balloons as they inflated, and prepared. People pulled ropes, tightened gaps and tipped the gondolas upright. I don’t recall ever being so close to hot air balloons and I loved observing the balloons float past the iconic buildings, museums and hills of Canberra. We watched some balloons dip low to Lake Burley Griffin, some almost touched the water. Steven and I then chased a few to see them land. We did have to hurry to get Steven to work at a reasonable time, but that was a beautiful start to our day.

I’ve had some time to reflect over our summer and recent activities, and I’m reminded again how much we are blessed with what God gives us. Easter week-end provides a time of reflection on our salvation. Our time is short. Even in the midst of so many troubling events and scary things that happen in our world, I’m claiming God’s promises and remembering that He is in control. Every time I leave our house I look up to see mountains all around us. Each hill reminds me that we are not alone.

Psalm 121:1-8

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 
My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. 
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. 
Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. 
The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. 
The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. 
The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.  
The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even
for evermore.


Let us focus on the Lord, praise Him for his wondrous works and trust Him in these uncertain times.


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