My very first experience visiting Merry Pebbles is Sabie was in 1987. My husband (then only my boyfriend) brought me to the old Eastern Transvaal to visit Sabie as I have never been there.
We stayed in a small 2-man tent, slept on a mattress and were woken up in the wee hours of the morning with extremely heavy rain. We eventually had to dig a small trench around the tent to relay the water away from our “bedroom”. Being young, we actually laughed about it and enjoyed the experience.
What will always stay with me, and will always be a happy memory, was us walking over the low water bridge between Castle Rock and Merry Pebbles to attend a Sunday service by Living Waters Christian Church (LWCC). They held their service in the “Geloftefees Huis” at Castle Rock. Now after so many years, Pastor Phil and Desi Robson will greet their congregation goodbye and relocate to Pretoria on a well-deserved pension.
In the years that Pastor Phil and Desi were the leaders of LWCC, they have managed to build with the congregation a beautiful church in Mount Anderson with a hall and various other facilities. This time it is bittersweet, having to say goodbye is not easy. However, it is time for a new chapter in their lives.
Ecclesiastes 3 – A Time for Everything: There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
They will surely be missed, and words will never be enough to thank them for what they meant to their members, the town and the community.
Having seen Merry Pebbles and Sabie for the first time, I knew we will live here one day, and by the grace of God we moved here about 16 years ago in 2005, and I always say I will only move to one place more after Sabie, the tall trees (graveyard). With Merry Pebbles reaching such a wonderful achievement of 50 years in existence this month, I am sure they are not likely to go on pension soon. Merry Pebbles has grown over the years, but still has the yesteryear charm with all the modern benefits.
I am sure that through the 50 years there were hardship, trials and tribulations, joy, love, peace and prosperity. What made the difference, why did Merry Pebbles survive, even despite Covid? I know it was because of hard work and dedication, refusing to give up.
Galatians 6:9: Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
A seed must first be planted, watered and then bear fruit. May your establishment grow supernaturally! Three simple things are needed to start and maintain a successful business: know your product better than anyone, know your customer, and have a burning desire to succeed.
Well done Merry Pebbles management and staff on this remarkable achievement. May our heavenly Father bless you and may you prosper behind your wildest dream.