Day 8 and 9 – Last Days and There and Back Again
“You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”
There is no adequate way to sum up the entire trip. No one point that sticks out as more profound than the other. The trip was more than just a visitation of a foreign land. It was much more than an exploration of archeological sites. This trip for me was a continuation and confirmation of who He is and the role that I am to play. For the past two years, the Lord has enriched my desire for His Word. The stories of the places where we visited are His stories. They are not ours; Christian or Jew. They cannot be claimed by a church, government, or religious order. The sites, the very places where the patriarchs walked, places where Christ walked, are about faith not facts. The issue is not what happened there. If the evidence simply points to proof of the stories, if fear we miss the true meaning of the narrative. We miss why those stories remain relevant even to our lives today.
It was truly amazing to stand on those sites in modern times. To feel the Spirit in those places as I have felt Him at home. To hear the stories that have meant so much to me in my faith while standing on the very place where they may have happened. I could go on and on about how those times touched me, but that, I’m afraid, would cheapen them for you. So I leave you with this thought. Is the God that you serve living and active now? Is the God that slew the giant, parted the Red Sea, and felled the walls of Jericho still living and active? Or has He become a fairytale to you, a thing of legend, a bedtime story? Is your God confined to the stories of the Bible, to the land of Israel or the nation of America? Is your God too small? Louie Giglio says that worship is our response to who God is… do you know who He is? Can you truly call Him “Abba” out of intimacy of experience? Or are you stuck crying out “Father” without ever having felt His embrace? Questions that we all must answer for ourselves. No one can answer them for us. We must be brave enough to ask them. We must be strong enough to hear the answer. We must have faith enough to follow. Lord, may You teach us to know You for who You are in our everyday life. May we have eyes to hear, ears to hear, and hearts that are ready to receive Your Spirit. Thank you, Lord, for Your steadfast love that extends to us even in our sin. I love y’all more than you know. Grace and peace,