The sun has been shining all afternoon - a rare treat in Brussels at this time of the year. During my lunchbreak, I went to the park to indulge in it for a while, and I wish I could have captured the scene with all the birds enjoying themselves on the frozen pond.
I have a new colleague in the secretariat, Livia from Romania. My other Romanian colleague just gave birth the other day and so we needed a replacement. I'm sharing the office with her this week to explain her the job. This is keeping me fairly busy, and I've also been trying to gently push my head of unit to work on his backlog of incoming mail. He has a tendency of keeping letters pile up and allocating them only at the last minute or later. This is against my nature, and I hope I'll be able to help improving this situation. At least he has been cooperative, and the pile made it onto his desk by now.
Yesterday, there were almost 20 people killed in a terrible train crash not far away from Brussels. A friend from the US contacted me to ask me if I was ok, so even there it went through the press. I wrote her that I was fine as I'm not taking the regional trains to get to my workplace, but that I should maybe start praying that something like this won't happen with the metro!
This brings to my mind again how fragile our lives are, and that we can only be truly safe in the arms of Jesus. Have you consecrated your life to Him this morning? I'm realizing more and more the urgency of getting ready for the difficult times ahead; and also to prepare others around us.
I received some more encouraging responses as a fruit of my endeavors to provide the departing Commissioners with a copy of the Great Controversy. Both the German and the Swedish Commissioner sent me short messages to thank me for the book. I was encouraged by this and I'm looking forward to more opportunities.
Today I'm thankful that Jesus can always enlighten our souls, no matter if the sun is shining or not - and that HE is the only One who can give us contentment, peace and true fulfilment in life.
There is sunshine in my soul today,
More glorious and bright
Than glows in any earthly sky,
For Jesus is my light.
O there's sunshine, blessed sunshine,
While the peaceful, happy moments roll;
When Jesus shows His smiling face
There is sunshine in my soul.