Shalom from Israel. The days have flown by and I can hardly believe that the trip is almost over! The journey we’ve taken has been incredible and just having the ability to soak it all in has been a challenge in itself. We went to Hezekiah’s Tunnel this morning and it was incredibly long! Throughout the tunnel we walked in water up to our knees. It took us about 20 minutes to get through the whole thing. Half way through many of us turned off our flashlights and walked using just our hands and feet to guide us. (click here to see the photos from our day)
I was plunged into darkness and for the first 5 seconds I panicked. I started to grapple around trying to find my way and it struck me in that moment that this was like my life in so many ways without God leading me. In a dark tunnel that goes on forever, never ending, with no light to guide me I’m stuck grappling in a panic stricken state. I realized that I kept trying to do things on my own, rarely letting God guide my life. Tears came to my eyes and streamed down my face as we walked through that long tunnel that was made out of desperation over 2,000 years ago by a nation desperate to protect their water source from the enemy. With no hope in site I continued to walk while memory after memory hit me and the realization of just how much I love to run my own life. When I saw the light at the end of the tunnel, no pun intended, such joy and hope came into my soul I almost shouted with triumph. This was Jesus!!!! The light that guided the way for me through the endless darkness, my comforter and friend He has never left me or forsake me. Such peace and confidence came over me just from seeing the light. If only I could continue to hold on to that in my spiritual walk with Christ. Through the rest of the day I pondered my life and prayed. Prayed that I wouldn’t forget my experiences here in the Holy Land that I wouldn’t take for granted the gift of Jesus Christ, my Savoir. That even as I walk the streets where he once walked 2,000 years ago, I would not forget what He did for me.
Later today we visited a church where David’s tomb is supposedly located, walked the Jewish Quarter, and saw the Dung gate which is a few hundred feet from the Wailing Wall. We sat on the Southern Steps and listened to Rich talk about our futures and what we’re going to choose to do after we graduation from Joshua. He challenged us to follow God in everything we do and his words pierced my heart. When we reached the hotel we were given one hour to journal, pray and sort through all the things God has been teaching us here.
I cannot begin to explain all that God has been doing in my heart, but the most important thing is this, to put Him first above ALL ELSE. I want to make Him the very core, center of my entire life. It’s a long process, but slowly and surely, daily laying my life out before Him, I’m getting closer and closer to the understanding of what it means to live out every day as if it’s my last. To reflect Christ in everything I do. I will walk away from this trip forever changed, not because of all the famous and incredible sights I’ve seen, but despite them. I thought coming here I could get closer to God, but discovered that He was already closer than anything else in the world. He lives in me, I am the temple in which He now dwells. What a gift!
Please pray for our group as we finish off the trip. Pray for our strength and that nobody would get seriously sick. Pray that we all sleep well and that no problems will arise during our flight back. Thank you so much for being apart of this trip with us!!! As our parents I’m so glad you’ve been able to take the journey with us even when we’re separated! God bless you all.
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