As we all are returning home from what has been for most of us a once in a lifetime experience, I’ve had time to reflect on how we become frustrated at times (when we are stuck in traffic, or in a long line or plans are unexpectedly altered). We probably all experienced that in the past couple days. I wondered how Jesus and the disciples handled frustrating circumstances. The Bible tells of many circumstances where crowds followed them in their travels. I am sure we are all missing out on some very teachable moments in those circumstances.
We are so thankful for this trip. Thank you to the IFL and Inspiration staff for doing a great job handling such a large group and making it an enjoyable experience. We may not be coming home physically refreshed but certainly spiritually overflowing!
Finally, I want to thank my daughter Sarah for inviting me to join her on this incredible journey!
This afternoon five of us from Bus 2 took a couple of hours to do some shopping. As we were walking along The Promenade, our friend Jack Gilbert suddenly suggested we go into a jewelry store to look at some coins. As we shopped we engaged the kind attendant Elizabeth at the store. As the conversation progressed, she asked that we remember the people of Israel as we return home and how happy she was we had visited.
We shared with her our love for God’s chosen people and that many in the U.S. pray regularly for protection and for the peace of Israel. She got teary, and I felt impressed that we should pray. The five of us and Elizabeth formed a circle, and I led us in prayer for blessing and protection for this land and I closed as usual, “In Jesus’ name.” As we said amen Elizabeth enthusiastically exclaimed; “I am so happy you came in because I am His also like you!” I thought, how wonderful of the Lord to have led us into this store for such a time as this. We return with our hearts full and, as Chuck and Tom Hayes shared this week, praying for the upcoming testing that is sure to follow. May we be found faithful.
On our free day, many of us had time to retrace our steps. The old city was a little quieter today and the city streets were empty. A great day to reflect on our time and to re-look at this amazing city… the Holy City… Jerusalem.
Tonight we were treated to an incredible concert. Mr. Phelps’ voice is so dynamic it will give you goose bumps. He sings with such passion and from the heart. Looking forward to the new songs he said he had written on this trip.
Corrie Ten Boom is honored with a tree planted in her memory on the Avenue of the Righteous Gentiles at Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial for her and her family’s efforts to hide Jews from the Nazis during World War II.
Shepherds, guide, and bus driver meet in the evening after our travelers settle into the hotel. Each location and event has been carefully planned to ensure the safety and education of our IFL travelers.