For many people Israel is a dangerous place. I have people tell me how they would love to come on a tour, but the place is too dangerous. The occasional terror attacks and the religious and political tensions in this part of the word are salaciously reported in the news. But don’t believe everything you see and hear on TV. In one day of touring, we viewed the Lebanese border, the Syrian border, the Jordanian border, drove the length of the West Bank and then arrived in Jerusalem. And do you know what we did. We did not look out the window for missiles. We did not tense up when cars passed us or we passed them. We simply didn’t feel any danger. I admit, we were a little anxious as our driver Heim navigated hairpin turns on the narrow streets that hugged the mountainous road through the Golan Heights down the Eastern side of the Sea of Galilee (even Reuven our guide says that the most fearful thing about Israel is the roads and the crazy drivers). But, we sang, we shared thoughts from God’s Word, we laughed, we even cried occasionally and we rejoiced, as we met up with a group of Chinese Christians and we sang “how great thou art” in our language and in theirs. Sometimes we marveled in silence, other times we were loud and boisterous (at least Art Burrill and Claire Eastwood were). But we simply never felt in danger.
It is popular in the scriptures, when speaking of traveling the length of the land of Israel to refer to your journey going from Dan to Beer Sheva. We did not make Tel Dan, and we don’t intend to make Beer Sheva either, but we did get as far North as the Banias (aka Caesarea Philippi), and as far south as Jericho. And now, after a synagogue service in Jerusalem and a late supper (began eating at 8:00pm), we are settling in to bed. Tomorrow promises to be a rich and rewarding day as we trace the route of Christ int he city of Jerusalem.
I was reminded today about fearfulness from the words of Jesus in John 16:33, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” ~From Pastor Herb