Today we drove around the Sea of Galilee, seeing such beauty and wonderful diversity of life and crops. It seems that every type of fruit and vegetable is grown here! We rode a boat and stopped in the middle of the lake to hear the sounds of the lake. It was only disrupted once by jet skis. That made us Hartwellians feel “right at home.” The Sea of Galilee is so beautiful. Its waters are blue and a light haze hovered over the lake and the mountains that surround it. The Sea of Galilee is the lowest fresh body of water on earth, yet it is teaming with life within its waters and around its shores.
This is in complete and utter comparison with the lowest body of water on earth, the Dead Sea, which is just down the Jordon River. While distance is only one hour and forty five minutes by car, it is an entirely different ecological system. Its waters do not team with ANY life and its shores are covered with desert. The Dead Sea is dead simply because it only receives water and gives none away! Is that not like our lives and the lives of those around us? Those that always take and never give are not living in Christ, they are DEAD in Christ. We must give to receive, we must die to live, and we must offer ourselves, as Paul said, as LIVING sacrifices.
What truths we can learn from the land!!!!!
Later today we will travel to Tabgha, where Jesus fed the 5000, Capharnaum, where Jesus healed the paralytic whose friends lowered him through the ceiling, and we shall sail on the Sea of Galilee. I am remembering Eric Chapman from our trip in November. I miss Eric, he and Tyler enjoyed their trip last year so much. We cried with them as they grieved Elaine and we still cry as we miss Eric. I am praying for Breanna, Tyler, Kay, and Lilliane at the church in Tabgha. Will you join me as we lift them up and all those that weep for loved ones missed.