As we walked along the water’s edge at The Club in Abu Dhabi, a tower stood out. While it was clearly part of the grounds, I had no idea of its meaning. In that moment, I could see and feel beauty, strength, and resilience as I reflected on its position and reflection of the city beyond.
I have come to know more about this nine-year-old tower since my first encounter that night. When erected, the Al Nadi Tower was a gift to the city of Abu Dhabi from the British community. Reflected on 50 years of working together, Al Nadi is “an image of strength, vision and beauty”, designed to reflect the collaborative relationship between the two communities and the generosity of the leadership of the city and the United Arab Emirates.
I am left with the question that always comes with awareness; “So how do we fit what we know of Abraham, our first father in the faith, into this new way of looking at things?” (Romans 4.1). As I reflect on its image, the question remains.
I can remember. In the present moment, I can remember the way Divinity and everyone She works through, who has been part of my journey. I was rarely alone, even when it seemed otherwise. I have never been abandoned. In every situation, Divinity was and is present. In remembering, I invite my heart to recognise the truth of my Divine relationship.
I can respond. This tower is a testimony to how different cultures can work together. The choices I make, and the actions I take, are my testimony to how Divinity is a part of my community and the path I am on. There is no obligation. There is an opportunity. In the big and more importantly in the mundane moments when no one is paying attention, a monument will be erected through my response. My prayer is that it reflects the best Divinity has provisioned.
I can celebrate and continue. Monuments are more than an event. They shine and reflect the past as well as the future.