So today I feel like it’s been a bit of an average day. But really, it’s just how I feel…because really, I know it hasn’t been just an average day.
Besides thinking about work (which truth be told is worrying me a little now it feels more real), today I enjoyed two blessed meet-ups with two lovely ladies, and a nice big food shop, in Lidl.
This morning I met up a beautiful American lady. I’d only met her on Monday, and truth be told, I thought I had planned to meet up with the German girl I met on Monday, but I got confused with names! Talk about ditsy. Anyway, I soon found out it was the lovely American lady I was meeting, when she bounced over with a smile and a hug. She had some moving life stories to tell, yet at the same time she was so encouraging when I told her about my little eye-opening past week in Lille. It was a real blessing to sit for a few hours and chat. She said that coming from an American work culture, she too was thankful for a bit of social time; where life doesn’t equate to just work.
Interestingly enough, this new American friend of mine, is a TWIN. Yes, a twin. I love how we twins can do some twin bonding! Also, many years ago, she too started out as an English teacher in France. She said she had a really tough time about it, but having learnt from experience, is now well settled into her teaching profession.
The American lady introduced me to a fancy restaurant/patisserie/salon de thé “Meert” where we indulged in sweet patisseries. Hopefully when I have the photo, I can show you what interesting patisserie I ate!
Then my second blessing lies here: I met with another lady (another German lady actually) this afternoon. We decided a few weeks ago that we would meet once a week to study and discuss chapters of the Bible together. Today we studied Romans 6. This was another blessing; as I’m still reasonably new in Lille, I sometimes feel like I don’t really know some people that well, and that I can still be a bit reserved. But today I felt more at ease with this lady, conversation flowed, and I really enjoyed our little Groupe de Croissance. I feel blessed that this new German friend offered we do it, and that we can grow together!
Well, although I’ve maybe not progressed on the work front, I have many blessings to count either way. It’s nearly 11pm now, and although tomorrow is Saturday, I am teaching tomorrow morning – 2 year olds and their parents…oh the joys! Well… I’m sure I will enjoy it once I’ve had some sleep…
Before leaving for sleepynations, I’ll leave you with this little saying I read today, to help us on our way.
Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.