Israel // Day One
Hanging out at the airport in Philadelphia.
Thanks to some ice, we sat on the plane for two and a half hours before finally taking off.
Israel // Day Two
Arriving at the Heathrow Airport in London and being stuck there for almost six hours.
Finally arriving in Tel Aviv, Israel, when it was too dark to see anything, and ten out of twenty-five people in our group lost their luggage.
Israel // Day Three
I woke up and rushed to the window to look out over the Mediterranean Sea. Such a perfect way to begin our Israel tour.
First stop: Caesarea Maritima, a port city built by Herod the Great.
I loved traveling with these crazy people.
Next stop: Megiddo which was a fortress city in the Mount Carmel mountain range.
Napping on the bus happened every day, even after the jet lag wore off. Thankfully those of us who stayed awake were kind to the sleepers.
Our hotel for the next few nights was right on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. The lake was beautiful in and of itself, but just thinking of all that Jesus did on and around the lake made it even more amazing.
(snippets from my travel journal)
So many people think of Israel as a land of terrorism and unrest and as the land of the Bible, but we forget that there are people just like us living their lives here day-to-day just like we do wherever we are.
I did not realize just how close together everything here is. The "triangle" of Jesus's Sea of Galilee ministry is actually quite small.
The Sea of Galilee is beautiful, but it's nothing super out of the ordinary at face value. I love that God did not choose a land for His people that holds a plethora of natural resources or is extraordinarily beautiful beyond any other place. Instead, He chose a normal place in which to carry out His plan of redemption.
While standing with my feet in the water looking out over the Sea, I thought about how the landscape here is pretty much the same as it was when Jesus put His feet in the water. Other places we go, buildings have fallen down and new cities have been erected over the past 2000 years, but here the mountains and the water have stayed mostly the same. When I look out over the water, I am seeing things the way my Savior saw them.
P.S. If you are a history buff, I can give you more information on each of the places we visited if you would like, but I figured I wouldn't take up a lot of room in this post with all of that.