How do I tell you about Israel?
May 1st – 15th, I was given the privilege and the gift to visit the land where my Jesus walked and where most of the stories in my Bible happened.
Let me take you through a little exercise. Close your eyes and imagine this (okay, I know you can’t close your eyes and read at the same time…just humor me).
Imagine you are standing on the ruins of the city of Jericho, and you are looking at a broken clay vase. You are told that the vase you are looking at is broken simply because Joshua fit the battle and the walls came a-tumbalin’ down.
Now imagine you are climbing up the side of a mountain toward a cave near the Dead Sea where the oldest existing copy of Biblical text was found. Remember that story where Jesus reads part of a Biblical scroll and then sits down and tells everyone, “Today, this is coming true right in front of you”? The scroll of the same book – Isaiah – was in this cave centuries before Jesus was even born.
Now you are touching 4,000-year-old walls that Abraham built when he settled his family in Beersheba.
Now you are hiking up Mount Carmel, where God sent blazing fire down from heaven, just because Elijah asked Him to.
Now you are standing in the very tomb where Jesus’ body lay for three days.
How would you ever wrap your brain around that? How would you process it? What if you visited dozens of hugely significant and mind-boggling sites in the span of about 12 days? How would you talk about it?
I have been home now for nearly a week, and I am just beginning to think of an idea to start working through some of these crazy happenings. You see, after visiting any one of these sites, I could have gone home and spent the next week letting it sink in. Yet for two weeks straight, I saw a handful of momentous sites every single day.
Throughout the next weeks and months, I will be sharing with you my stories, my experiences, and my lessons from my recent trip to Israel, one stop at a time. And I promise to try my best to remember the facts correctly.
Selfishly, I hope it helps solidify these memories in my mind. I hope it helps me work through some of these episodes that are unbelievable and yet truer than my skin. I hope things can sink in.
And through it all, I hope you fall more in love with Jesus, His words, and His life, just like I did. Because let me tell you – He is real, and He is here with you now. May you feel Him.
Let’s get started.