Armchair Holy Land Tour-Part Three

By Roberta Sarver

Third in a series of Roberta’s chronicle from her recent trip to Israel.

Israel is a clean, well-kept country. We didn’t see garbage in the streets, nor people loitering.  If we had to choose a region in this country to live, it would be the Galilee. Incidentally, that happens to be where most of Jesus’ ministry took place.

Another observation: the artists’ renditions of Jesus sitting on a smooth, grassy hillside are drawn by people who have never been to Israel. There are rocks everywhere! Even the green pastures where animals graze are filled with rocks. The hills are steep and rugged. That gave us a new appreciation for the hearty constitution our Lord Jesus must have had. Walking from place to place would have required Him to cross steep mountain ranges, filled with rocks and blasting with heat. Jesus and His disciples had to be strong and physically fit.

The first hotel our group stayed in was in Tiberias, overlooking the Sea of Galilee. It was breathtaking to rise in the morning and see the sun shine over the same area where Jesus walked on the water.

We were privileged to take a ride on a fishing boat where the crew politely began by raising the Stars and Stripes and playing the Star Spangled Banner. Then they played Israeli music while some did Israeli folk dancing on the deck. We watched and took pictures.

The city streets were relatively safe where we stayed. Many people use public transportation, two trams hooked together in the middle with an accordion-fold contraption.

Traffic in the cities resembles American fairgrounds on the Fourth of July, just after the fireworks have ended. Tour buses crowd the streets, while motorcycles cut between them. Individual cars are small for those privileged enough to own their own vehicle. And people drive with their horns, including our tour bus driver!

Next week I will include some observations about differences between our culture in America and that of the Israeli people.

To be continued next week

Roberta Sarver is an author and songwriter who lives in central Missouri. Her humor columns appear in the Versailles Leader-Statesman and her original songs of worship have appeared on radio stations across the nation. She and her husband are the parents of seven children.

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