I will be sharing about our visit in Petra soon, but I just had to share this one image because I love it so much. I will also share (in the future) about our friend, Ray, who is in this shot. What a wonderful man. Enjoy!
Over the next few weeks I will continue to share from our trip to Israel. I made about 2,500 images. I hope you enjoy theses images as much as I enjoyed capturing them.
Caesarea by the Sea was one of our first stops. Apart from the beauty of the Mediterranean coastline at this site, it is also notable that Paul the Apostle was there (as seen in Acts 25). Enjoy a few images…
Entering the theater.
Our group learning about the site.
An old mosaic near the pool.
The floor of the “Place of Hearing.”
Part of a 9 mile aqueduct.
This is a journal entry from a couple of months ago. I was sitting in the back yard of an estate on the Back Bay in Newport Beach…gorgeous day for an extended time with God.
The sun is out, the sky is blue and there is a chill in the air. It is quiet except for the slight rustling of the trees as the wind gently blows. Every few minutes an airplane takes off from nearby John Wayne Airport. The loud engine noise breaks into the quiet.
I watch an airplane fly into the horizon and make a right. I stare at it for many minutes until it fades away into a small dot. I wonder where it is going.
My mind wanders back to my home up the Washougal River in Washington. When I was a child, I would play the “car game” with my parents. We would sit on the front porch, which was situated about an acre away from the river road. Cars would pass by here and there and we would take turns claiming cars as our own.
“That one is mine.”
“Here comes yours.”
“Ooooooh, that’s a good one!”
“I wanted that one!”
You definitely wouldn’t want to get the old clunker truck. I was always waiting for a red Corvette to pass by. Once in a while one did.
Leisure…time…slowness. I had an abundance of it when I was a kid. We had enough spare time that we would spend it watching cars go by. I miss that pace.
I wish I had easy answers for how to return to that, but we are in a different era. This year I’d like to work on revving at a slower pace. This is a challenge in the OC, but I am going to try.
What we saw March 22, 23 & 24: Old City of Jerusalem, Dung Gate (yes, we walked through the entrance where they used to carry out the poop), Robinson’s Arch, Tyrophioan (sp?) street (where Jesus walked to Temple), Temple Steps, Huldic Gates, Precipice of Jesus’ temptation, Rabbi’s Tunnel, City of David, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Pool of Siloam, Pool of Bethesda, Via Dolorosa, St. Anne’s Church, St. Stephen’s Gate, Mount of Olives, Gethsemane, Garden Tomb, Pilates judgment steps, Church of Holy Sepulchre, Caiaphas’ house, Dead Sea Scrolls, Valley of Elah…m…o…u…s…e….
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Inviso is the latin term for “look at.” It is a newer practice I’ve been sharing at The Journey. Let’s look at an image and just see if there is anything in it for us from God.
As you look at this image for about a minute or so…
Ponder the forms, figures, colors, lines, textures, and shapes. What do you find yourself drawn to? Does the image remind you of anything? What do you like and not like? What feelings are evoked?
What we saw March 19, 20 & 21: Galilee Boat, Caesarea Philippi (Temple of Zeus & Pan, Headwaters of the Jordan), Mt. Hermon, Ancient Gamla (Masada of the North), Bethsaida (home of five disciples), Jordan River, Beth Sha-en (Ancient Roman Pompeii-like ruins), Bethlehem (Jesus birth place and shepherd’s fields), Masada, Dead Sea, Qumran, Bedouin encampment (camel)!
Again, more stories when I get home and have time to wax eloquent. Here are just a few representative images. Enjoy!
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Last Fall, my son, Christopher, and I went to the Long Beach Aquarium for a school field trip. We were walking up to the building from the driveway and he noticed that the walkway was a collection of bricks in a pattern. Everyone once in a while there was a 12×12 inch square brick amidst the other smaller bricks. Chris said that what you should do is walk on the large bricks only and he began to do just that.
A spiritual mentor of mine had recently suggested that I learn to play more, so I decided to do what Chris was doing. Without a care, I walked only on the 12×12 bricks. It was awkward because there was only a little bit of a pattern…some of them were close together and others were far apart. I’m sure I looked neither feminine nor lady-like. But I didn’t care. It was fun.
We arrived at the main entrance to the building when Chris said, “Why are you doing it? Adults aren’t supposed to do stuff like this!” I retorted, “Why not? Adults can play too!”
If you can, find a way to play in the next few days. My “walk on the large bricks” only took 2 minutes and it changed my attitude for the rest of the day. If nothing else, it can bring a smile to your own heart.
For further inspiration, here is me playing in Hawaii in 2003:
Here is a smattering of images. Pastor Bob, our guide, said that this is the greenest he has ever seen it here. Beautiful spring flowers are in bloom. It is gorgeous weather, much like Southern California. Having a wonderful time encountering Jesus in various places (even in the bus).
Day 1: Caesarea by the Sea, Mount Carmel, Nazareth Village
Day 2: Capernaum, Sermon on the Mount site, Boat ride on Galilee, Tel Megiddo, Baptism in the Jordan River
Eight full days to go. Much more to see. I will tell the stories in full after we return home.
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My husband, Alan, and I are getting on a plane today for a 12 day trip to Israel. The trip was a gift and I could not be more excited.
Some have asked me what I am most looking forward to. I have to admit that I am have opposing responses to this. On one hand, I have no expectations, because I have never been and I really don’t have any idea what to expect. On the other hand, I expect that I will be completely overwhelmed with the fact that I am in the land where Jesus actually lived. I think my brain just shuts down in the expectation of all that could happen as I walk where He walked.
I will be posting pictures here on this blog as often as possible. Follow along on my journey if you’d like.