The cool change finally reached Adelaide *phew*. It’s a pleasant 22C now at 11.00am here, and the plants and trees are looking happier already. After experiencing nearly two weeks of 35+C and even 40+C of temperature, I’m so much happier with the cool change! 🙂
Thankfully there aren’t major bushfires or other catastrophes in Adelaide and in South Australia, but it’s a different story in Victoria and Queensland. Victoria is currently suffering the worst bushfires on record, after experiencing the hottest day on record yesterday: 46.4C with some lives lost. Hundreds of hectares are still burning away in Victoria, and some of them were started by arsonists! 😡 How could you stop the fire when the wind fanned the fire at 100+ km/hour? 🙁
In a different part of Australia, Queensland is experiencing a massive flood due to the heavy rain in the northern part of the state. According to the breakfast show that I watched yesterday, the flooded area was as big as South Australia! :O
On a personal level, I completed my first week at work – one day shy of a full week because I started on Tuesday. I enjoyed it so far even though at times it seemed very slow because I had to do a lot of reading and shadowing the current Research Analyst. The activities picked up towards the end of the week and I got busier, which I much preferred than sitting around doing nothing. On Friday, we finished work at about 4pm to have some nibbles and drinks, because the Managing Director’s wife came around with her entourage to promote a skincare line to the staff. A bit unusual, but I came along anyway and watched the presentation and enjoyed the camaraderie with other staff. 🙂
I need to get going in a minute and get ready for church. This year will be an interesting one, with catastrophes and the ongoing gloom brought by the economic crisis. A large number of jobs are expected to go this year all over the world – very scary all around. However, from personal experience as well as from the experience of my friends at church, this is also the year where prayers are answered, sometimes in a miraculous way! The vision at church is for us to be fruitful (Colossians 1:10) so I choose to set my eyes on God rather than looking at the gloomy circumstances around me. I want to close the year by not feeling scared or worried, but by bearing a lot of fruit!
On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.