Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Queen Victoria Market's Night Market

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Tonight I went to the Queen Victoria Market's (QVM) Night Market with my LivingRoom friends. To those of you who are not familiar with it, QVM is one of the most famous markets in Melbourne. The Night Market is held every Wednesday evening in the summer months, and it is where the 'weird and wonderful' come out at night hehe!

The Night Market was crowded! It offered quite an exciting mix of freshly prepared food from various food stalls of different countries, live entertainment (with live bands, clowning and tatooing etc), stalls with handmade goods and unusual shopping experiences, a specific new age / spirituality section with holistic health stuff and massage therapies etc, bars and regional food providers. We wandered around the market, ate (standing up may I add, cos there were simply no tables left) and I had a yummy mango and black berry sorbet, shopped a bit (I got myself a necklace). My senses were really being engaged in this place - the nice stalls with various goods & clothes, the music in the background, the yummy food (the smell of Japanese chicken skewers mixed with the smell of Danish pancakes was superb). I really enjoyed myself, although I must admit that the crowd put me off a little.

Darren over at LivingRoom had prepared a reflective exercise for us to do but we didn't do it in the Night Market because of the large crowds there. So I did a personal reflection on the questions after I read Darren's post this morning. These questions are really fantastic. They help me to think about how how God might be interacting in a market like this, and to make an event like this something of a prayer - and in so doing connecting the mundane experience of the marketplace with God.

As I walked around, I sensed God's presence, that He was there in the Night Market, although it's a 'secular' place. Our God is holistic! I saw communities there, which reflect His character. I asked myself the question: even though the 'church' that I work for is just minutes away from the market, where exactly was the church at that time?

The new age / spirituality section of the market made me realised once again that people are hunger and thirst for spiritual things. Like Darren said, "the challenge is to practice spotting what God might be up to around you in the everyday. "

Lord, give us the wisdom to know what you are up to, and to understand what we should be up to according to Your will.


Amanda said...

Hi, consider yourself tagged, the list to fill in is on my blog!

Anonymous said...

God is indeed, everywhere. oh, btw, i love night markets.

God bless.

audrey` said...

Yeah! Almost all girls like night markets. Hehe!

Live, Love, Laugh said...

That is an awesome thought, to see God in everyday circumstances.

Kitty Cheng said...

Thanks Amanda for tagging me. I'll fill in the list tomorrow.

Kitty Cheng said...

yes Pia and Audrey...I agree that most girls like night markets...including us right? ;)

Kitty Cheng said...

LLL, yes our God is in our everyday circumstances.

An Ordinary Christian said...

"the challenge is to practice spotting what God might be up to around you in the everyday. "

I agree with your prayer and want to see God in His work around me, and to join in where He wants me.

Corry said...

I think we all already know that God is only up to doing what is best for us.

I join you in the prayer to know what I should be up to and do His Will.

Yeah, that night market sounded like fun:-) I am grateful you had a good time.

God's Grace.

Kitty Cheng said...

Andrea, yes let's continue to seek God in our everyday circumstances and join in where he wants us.

Kitty Cheng said...

Corry, I agree that God is only up to doing what is best for us. I praise Him for that!

Any chance of any of you lovely friends from the States to come over downunder to this lovely night market (amongst many other lovely tourist attractions in Melbourne & Australia) in the future?? Would love to be your 'tour guide' hehe.

audrey` said...

Yes Kitty!
All girls love shopping very much. Hehe!
Window shopping is very satisfying too. The attraction of walking around the malls. HaHa!
A stroll along the beach is equally exciting too =P

Kitty Cheng said...

Yes Audrey! I agree with everything you said hehe ;)