My husband has always wanted to go to the Holy Lands. Me, not so much although my father used to claim going to Israel changed his life which made me wonder what I was missing. We embarked on the trip of a lifetime with great expectations and I’ll admit, a bit of trepidation.
People ask me, “Did it change your life?”
While I guess it’s too early to know exactly how God will use this experience in my Christian walk, I compare the journey (it wasn’t really a vacation) to our visit to The Tonight Show studio in Burbank a few years ago. After I spent hours standing in line, then sat in the studio audience and witnessed firsthand all the people (band, stagehands, Jay, and guests) and mechanics of the show, I’ll never watch Jay with the same eyes again. It’s much more interesting to me now that I’ve seen it live.
Likewise, I’ll never read the Bible with the same eyes. The geography and characters have new meaning and context. What a faith-builder!
In addition to archeological digs, cathedrals, and white stone walls, I had my eye on the modern people and their food.
I couldn’t resist documenting some of the more fascinating culinary delights we encountered in the markets and local restaurants.
But it wasn’t all about food or even the sights.
This was the vacation of . . . .
the old and the new,
worship in many forms i.e. singing, communion, bible reading and prayer,
poison ivy (contracted at home before the trip– itch, itch),
modest apparel (thank goodness for scarves),
and many reminders of why we have hope in a fallen world.