Friday, October 30, 2009

Israel Day 1

Sometimes our life shakes and quakes because of trouble and hardship. Other times we experience LifeTremors because God interrupts our lives with His very presence. My husband and I just experienced one of those LifeTremors as a result of a trip to Israel with Lon Solomon of McLean Bible Church. I thought I'd share some of the experiences that caused us to tremble as the Bible literally came alive to us.



On day 1 our flight arrived midday, and we went straight to Caesarea. We sat in the ancient theatre while gazing across at the Mediterranean Sea. In Caesarea Paul testified before Agrippa as recorded in Acts 26. From the scripture we conclude that Agrippa had all the facts necessary to believe in Jesus. Verse 26 says that these things were not "done in a corner." He knew the miracles of Jesus, he knew of his death, he heard of his resurrection. Yet, he did not believe.

Lon shared with us that the same is true today. Many people have enough facts to believe. So many times we think we need just the right words, a persuasive argument, more facts, or the right book or tape in order to "convince" our loved ones of the truth of Jesus Christ. However, the problem is not the mind, but the heart. The Holy Spirit softens and prepares the heart. Our part is prayer -- prayer for soft and receptive hearts.

Lon shared that one woman prayed for his salvation for 21 long years -- 21 years! He knows of no one else, no other person who prayed for him -- just her.

Would you pray that long -- would you wait that long -- even with no signs of hope? Would I?

On that sacred ground I sat and prayed for those I love who don't love Christ -- name by name -- prayer by prayer. And I committed to faithfully pray, to persevere, to wait, to hope. I can still hear the echo of our voices as we sang the words to "People Need the Lord."

People need the Lord, people need the Lord.
At the end of broken dreams, He's the open door.
People need the Lord, people need the Lord.
When will we realize, people need the Lord?

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing - looking forward to continuing the journey!
    Susan

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