Every summer I take goodbye pictures of the beach, wondering if and when I’ll be back; also I speak to the ocean words of tender parting.
This summer, for the first time in my life I didn’t go to my beloved beach. It hurt. Frankly, though, at times it’s been so hot there with little to no breeze, and absorbing the heat as my body does, I felt relieved to be going home.
So, I’ve come to terms with the loss of being with an old friend.
Now, that isn’t to say that I may not see a body of water soon. My heart felt a tug to visit the Holy Land, see the Sea of Galilee from aboard a replica of fishing boats from long ago, float in the Dead Sea, and feel the same air Jesus and the many people of his day felt blow through their hair. It brings chills to think of it!
Never have I actually thought of visiting the land of Jesus’ birth He called home, traveled by foot, performed miracles, was tortured and crucified. A thought came to me; I was unaware of its origin; a seed of hope and rightness leading me there. I am pursuing, taking steps, seeking assistance, following through, walking along a path I’d not planned.
Israel, Jordan, and Egypt are places I’ve seemingly known all my life. Stories wrought with the beginning of creation sparked by supreme love, deep feelings of awe, and unimaginable holiness, are etched into my memory banks.
Of all the places on Earth, the Holy Lands surely signify the Alpha and Omega, home.
Revelation 22:13 English Standard Version
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
I like the idea of traveling home. Lord God, Heavenly Father, if this is a path you would have me travel I know the doors will open for me; if this hope of pilgrimage is not right for me at this time, please lead me elsewhere. I love You and thank You for this hope inside that is strengthening and encouraging me. Amen
Revelation 3:8 International Children’s Bible
I know what you do. I have put an open door before you, and no one can close it. I know that you have a little strength. But you have followed my teaching. And you were not afraid to speak my name.
Jeremiah 29:11 International Children’s Bible
I say this because I know what I have planned for you,” says the Lord. “I have good plans for you. I don’t plan to hurt you. I plan to give you hope and a good future.
I love this song, sweet, gentle, rocks me tenderly as the boat on the Sea of Galilee must have rocked those pilgrims.
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