The Perfect Time

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‘There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth:

A right time for birth and another for death,
A right time to plant and another to reap,
A right time to kill and another to heal,
A right time to destroy and another to construct,
A right time to cry and another to laugh,
A right time to lament and another to cheer,
A right time to make love and another to abstain,
A right time to embrace and another to part,
A right time to search and another to count your losses,
A right time to hold on and another to let go,
A right time to rip out and another to mend,
A right time to shut up and another to speak up,
A right time to love and another to hate,
A right time to wage war and another to make peace’.
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8 || MSG translation

When we experience winter we often feel it will last forever, forgetting that spring is just around the corner. Caught up in the moment, it’s hard to remember that we ALL go through EVERY season in life.

Just a few weeks ago I got it into my head that I wanted to surprise my sister for her 18th birthday. I hadn’t planned on making the 14 hour flight  home and I wasn’t feeling home sick at the time but once I thought of going, I knew that I had to make it happen! The logistics all came together beautifully and I had a wonderful week back in Australia surprising my friends and family across the country. At the end of the week, as I waited to board my flight back to Abu Dhabi, I had time to stop and reflect… How perfect is God’s timing?!

When the thought of flying home originally dropped into my mind, I had no idea what kind of a week I would have had before hand, but God did. I had no idea how much I would need face to face time with my best friends talking life and laughing, but God did! I had no idea how much I wanted to hug my siblings and spend time with them, but God did. I had no idea just how much I needed to sit and talk through life with my Mum, but God did. That fresh revelation of God’s hand working on my behalf in the present and in my future brought a new sense of peace, knowing that I am forever in good hands!

Whatever season of life you are in, know that His timing is perfect, His plans are good and He can be trusted! For your Father knows what you need before you ask him (Matthew 6:8).

Ams xo

A lovely photo of my not-so-little baby sister, little (big) brother and Mumma…

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The view

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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!

Much Love
Amy x

 

A few photos from the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque…Imagine what Heaven will be like!!!

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