I’m sitting in my lounge staring out the large windows over a new skyline that represents my new life. Everything is white and beige and the city stands tall, proud and oddly shaped. From my room I can hear the call to prayer (Adhan) that rings out across the city four times a day and I can see a river that runs out to the ocean. There are also trees, lots of trees! To be honest the trees have surprised me the most, who knew the desert could be so green?
I’m in Abu Dhabi. Capital of the United Arab Emirates, it is a young nation of only 43 years (as of the 2nd of December 2014). Before its formation it was just 7 tribes, brought together by Sheikh Zayed. Him and his family are much loved here, and to be honest I can see why! In just 43 years he has made a young nation into a global talking point. He has invested heavily in health, education and infrastructure and with that has come a burst in expats and business unlike anywhere else. In just 43 years it has gone from a primitive society, to a cutting edge technology driven one. It’s a change western society has taken lifetimes to develop and cultivate. I’m not sure why exactly I’m in this crazy, beautiful place, but I feel that I was made for such a time as this!!
I’m coming to the end of my third week and boy has time flown!!! The weather is beautiful (clear, sunny days with a slight breeze) and things have gone very smoothly for me. I am making some beautiful friends at both work and church, and I’m loving hearing so many accents and learning about so many different cultures. There is lots to learn and navigate with work but I’m just excited to be part of such a ground breaking venture in health care in the UAE.
I feel peaceful, I feel blessed, I feel settled. I’m not feeling home sick yet but sometimes just missing the depth of friendship and seeing people regularly. In the quiet times though, I’m remembering I’m never alone. Jesus goes before me, stands with me, cheers me on and leads me through.
Off to a Thanksgiving dinner party tomorrow!
A few photos from the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque…Imagine what Heaven will be like!!!