This was a trip of a life-time for Dave and I. A dream finally fulfilled. A great way to celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary!
We saw and experienced so much in the ten day trip to Israel. I am still trying to process it all, but here are a few pictures we took and some thoughts I’ve had thus far. I hope to share more in the days to come.
We spent the first part of our trip in Tiberias, touring many biblical sights while there.
I didn’t see Jesus there, as I looked out over the Sea of Galilee
But in my heart and mind I saw Him…
Choosing his disciples one by one
Giving them the call and challenge,
“Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”
I didn’t see Jesus there, but I sailed on the Sea of Galilee
I’d read about for so many years.
I thought about the night Jesus came walking on water
and His terrified disciples thinking He was a ghost.
His immediate words of comfort to those on the wind tossed boat;
“Take heart; it is me. Do not be afraid.”
The questioning words of Peter;
“Lord if it’s you, command me to come”.
and Jesus’ quick response;
“Come to Me”.
And I can just imagine the impetuous lover of Jesus,
Getting out of the boat of safety, walking on water,
until he took his eyes off Jesus…
and fear replaced faith and shaky feet sank,
And Peter’s humbled desperate cry,
“Lord save me”!
And our Lord taking Peter’s hand with a question
as they got back on the boat;
“You of little faith, why did you doubt?”
And the winds ceased and the waves became calm
and the disciples declaration;
“Truly you are the Son of God.”
And my heart, in awe and wonder wept
for the times fear threatened and unbelief spoke…
and like Peter I cried out,
“Lord save me”.
No, I didn’t see Jesus there
But I felt His presence
and marveled at the people whose pilgrimage
had brought them to this place.
and I knelt before the One who still offers
peace and rest to those who are weary.
Click below and hear the beautiful song:
“I heard the voice of Jesus say”, written by Horatius Bonar,
sung by The Gaither Vocal Band.