We got home from Israel this morning after 18 hours in a plane. I am wiped out! To say that the trip was mind-blowing and life-altering is not really to do it justice. The trip was the trip of a lifetime; just to stand in the synagogue in Capernaum where Jesus undoubtedly worshiped and taught, to look at Nehemiah’s wall and to stand on the Mount of Olives and take a boat out on the Sea of Galilee are experiences that every pastor and every believer should try to have.
I will post thoughts and interesting tidbits from each place that we visited. I have 1200 pictures and 150 videos to wade through, upload, and then process. Please bear with me as I do.
All in all, I have a great respect now for why Israel is called “the Promised Land” in Scripture. The fields were so green, and the produce is ridiculous in the marketplace! Laura made me take a picture of her hand next to some celery just to see what it was like. It seems like every other vendor had a huge pomegranate press, squeezing fresh pomegranate juice for people in the souq. The land produces a bountiful harvest; it is truly the land of milk and honey!
The people of Israel are also amazingly welcoming. There is a mishmash of cultures, with “traditional” Jewish predominating, but ultra-orthodox Jewish culture and Muslim and Arab Christian and even Baha’i all playing a part. There are parts of Israel that are ultra-modern and some that are blasts from the past.
Laura and I have come home changed. I am trying to put it all together and get some perspective, and ABF will definitely play a major role in that.
Thanks for praying for us as we were away!