Thursday, March 12, 2015

Israel: Goodbye For Now!

Our last day, a Sunday, we stopped and found a park. CC read some Scripture to us for our church time. (It was cold and windy!)

Then he led us in some songs and asked for volunteers to help with the motions!

My last little run to the grocery provided a surprise box of cereal for each kid for when we got back to Turkey. We miss yummy cereals in Turkey. We get cornflakes and cocoa puffs. Good cereals, but still, 12 years of cornflakes and cocoa puffs.

We flew out early in the morning, 6AM, over the beautiful, packed coastline of Tel Aviv. (I had since learned "tel" means hill.)

I had a good traveling seatmate for the short 3 hour flight back.

And then we got to our city and found SNOW!

It was truly a trip of a lifetime for me. As so many told me it would, it has made my Bible reading come to life. The place names I tended to skip over before have a new meaning for me. I immediately began teaching with maps in my middle school Bible class. A time or two, while teaching Bible to Miss Middler and Twinkle Toes, we've winked a "been there" at each other. I hope it has provided wonderful memories for my kids.  And most importantly, I came home with a deeper sense of wonder and understanding for our incomprehensible God. I know I will never forget Golgotha, because He had some things to say to me, and I listened.


Jill said...'s over!! You guys are supposed to be infinitely traveling, so I can read all about it. :-) Seriously, your descriptions, explanations, and pictures have brought things to life for me as well. Thank you for sharing these great posts! How was your ankle by the end of the trip??

Anonymous said...

One of the places I'd love to see is Mt. Sinai, where God came down and talked to Moses. I know we don't know the exact spot, but the mountain itself is close enough for me. I guess that is the way I think of Israel, also. Anywhere close to where J walked on this earth is something to me, as it is to all mankind.

Thinking in that vein, what will we think of Heaven? The old song comes to mind, "What a day that will be when my J I shall see . . . ". You know what I mean. :)


Sara Campbell said...

Thanks for all the sweet comments, girls! I loved this trip and am a little sad that there's no more to blog! Jill, my foot took about 6 weeks to full heal. I finally ventured to put on "the shoe" that it all happened in this week! :)

nwhitson said...

I stumbled across your blog and absolutely LOVE it! I am a cradle Catholic and so enjoy reading and learning! Thank you!!!!

Deena said...

This series has been my favorite! I have enjoyed every step of the way - most days have brought tears to my eyes! Thank you for letting us experience it with you! I appreciate the way you slowly told the story...taking time to really reflect about each place - the significance, the lessons to be learned etc. Thank you! Thank you! Love ya, friend! I'm so proud of you and so thankful to know you!

Anonymous said...

I would like to say that I have been reading your blog for many years. Do not know where I found it. You do not even begin to know how much I have enjoyed it. This last trip to Israel was just, well just beyond words. Would so love to visit. I am a very private person and do not normally comment. However, I want you to know that you and your family are a great inspiration and witness for Our Lord. Please know that your blog is a witness to the Lord. Hugs to each of your from Texas.

Sara Campbell said...

These comments blessed me so much!!! I wasn't sure I'd ever get out of Israel on this blog, but then I was sad when it came to an end! I just want the Lord to be glorified in my life! There's so much more I want to say but b/c of where we are, I am limited. But thank you all!!!

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