Sunday, March 25, 2018


So it's spring now, and today you even get the impression that this may be true. However, in the past few weeks it appeared more often like a prolonged winter, with temperatures below freezing. But I'm confident that we will get there eventually - I only wish I didn't have to struggle with daylight savings every year at that time.

Last month I started a different post within my organization. It's a long story, but there were several factors at my old position which made me consider this change. I'm now with the Directorate-General for Regional Development and Urban Policy. It's a geographical unit that works with structural funds for Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. I'm  thankful for this change. I have nice colleagues, and overall there is a relaxed atmosphere in this DG. I'm also enjoying the proximity to my home, as our offices are at the outskirts of Brussels, in the same commune where I live. So I don't have to go to the European Quarter anymore each day, but now I can even walk to my office if I want to, as it takes only about 15 minutes.

So the Lord has been good to me. He knew what I could handle and that it wasn't in my best interest to stay at the old post. But even if we face situations where there doesn't seem to be a change for the better, we can still trust Him. He is the omnipotent, the all-knowing and loving God who knows each of His children and whose power and wisdom are infinite.

"What has faith to do with feeling? Faith takes God at his word, with or without feeling. It "is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." We can believe our fellow-men, and can we not trust the word of God? When we go to him for wisdom or grace, we are not to look to ourselves to see if he has given us a special feeling as an assurance that he has fulfilled his word. Feeling is no criterion. Great evils have resulted when Christians have followed feeling. Satan can give feelings and impressions, and those who take these as their guides will surely be led astray. How do I know that Jesus hears my prayer? I know it by his promise. He says he will hear the needy when they cry unto him, and I believe his word. He has never said to the "seed of Jacob, seek ye me in vain." (Signs of the Times, May 15, 1884, par. 4)

My new office building from the inside

I like the trees everywhere

There are nice surroundings at my new office

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