We tumbled off the bus very quickly, and off we go on another hike.
Someone finds a leaning pomegranate tree. She loans it her strength and helps it stand up straight for a moment. This action speaks of her character and personality. We are getting to know each other quite well.
Along the trail, a grapevine, …
… and a fig tree gives a word picture from 1 Kings 4.
We are surrounded by thistles and thorns on every side.
As we climbed the mountain, Verna, our facilitator, shared with me how this plant illustrates older, wiser people who pour out their lives to the younger generation in order to produce seeds for future flowers. This thought reflected our morning devotions which challenged us to ponder: “Who are you? What are you doing here?”
The hike has lots of shade, …
… but also some hard places. Even as we focus on searching our hearts, …
… we are having fun, and enjoying each other.
How far can you carry a pine cone on your head?
What a privileged pine cone! ; P
When we arrived at the top, there were several moments of enjoying each other, before reading the compelling Mt Carmel story from 1 Kings 18. The black and white pages of the Bible came alive with all kinds of vivid pictures when you have experienced even a tiny bit of the geography of the Text.
Here in Caesarea, we see how Herod left his footprint on earth, but it’s all in ruins. Jesus left footprints in which we can walk today, and they live on.
This Theatre holds 3,000 people at one time.