We made it to Israel!
It’s 1am our time so I’m going to make this a short post. I’m headed off to bed before we get up in 6 hours for an aggressive day of hiking (according to our guide) in weather that’s hotter than usual (according to our guide)! Yay! The 10 hour flight from O’Hare to Istanbul and then the 3 hour flight to Tel Aviv both went smoothly as I mostly watched movies and slept. It’s dark here so we haven’t seen anything unique or interesting yet.
I wasn’t planning on posting tonight in order to make sleep the priority, however I’ve already gotten the chills once and I had to mention it. On the bus ride from the airport to our hotel, our guide (Rod) was giving us a brief geography lesson while we were stuck in a traffic jam. And despite it being pitch black out, it was interesting.
I’m sure I’ll write much more about all I learn in a geographical sense later this week, but what struck me is that Rod mentioned that our hotel tonight is very near the Biblical town of Emmaus!
For those of you who know me or have read Never Alone, you know that one of the most impactful Biblical accounts in my life is when Jesus walked with two of His disciples from Jerusalem to Emmaus (Luke 24). It’s a beautiful illustration of how God presence and power can be right next to us, teaching us, even when we aren’t aware of it.
Off to try and sleep! More later!