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Doctors, Diabetes, and Demonstrations

The challenge of living overseas

Photo credit: Razan Ghazzawi (Creative Commons)

Photo credit: Razan Ghazzawi (Creative Commons)

My wife and I are about to have our third child, Lucas. Our other two children were born in the U.S. so it has been interesting to figure out the process here. One of the challenges of living here is that Shellie has not been able to do as much exercise through her pregnancy which has led to her developing gestational diabetes.

To help monitor the diabetes it has been necessary to have regular doctor visits.

A late doctor

Though we live in Jerusalem the doctor works out of Bethlehem, about a 40-minute drive. The doctor was not at the office when we came for our last visit. The nurse called and he arrived about 45-minutes later. He was surprised we had come. The community was planning a demonstration at 4:00 PM to show their disdain for the rising costs of gas and groceries. We were unaware of the protest and hastily finished the visit. We wanted to leave before the protest began.

The sugar level was not as we had hoped. The doctor suggested that Shellie spend the night in the hospital. This was not an option considering we had left our five-year-old son at a birthday party in Jerusalem.

Let the demonstrations begin

As we left the hospital there was shouting in the streets. We pulled out of the parking area and saw crowds of men blocking the way back to Jerusalem.

A country not your own

Abraham is the first recorded Biblical figure directed by God to live in a different country. “The Lord had said to Abram, ‘Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you…I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others’” (Gen 12:1,2).

God designed Abraham to be a blessing to the world. This required leaving his father’s household and establishing himself in another land. He obeyed God and was blessed. In turn he became a blessing.

There’s always another way

We could not return to Jerusalem along the same road. We thought there must be another way. Making a few quick turns down unblocked roads we found ourselves heading back to Jerusalem within 30 minutes.

Blessed to be a blessing

Shellie and I live with the conviction we are blessed to be a blessing to the nations. We face some interesting scenarios living in a different country. That’s okay! God is greater than the challenges life offers. He is greater than late doctors, diabetes, and demonstrations.

The challenge

Bless others as you go through your day. Trust God through the challenges. Sometimes a different way is possible.

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