I decided that since Galilee was the most amazing time of my life, I couldn't possibly fit it all in one post.
Therefore, instead of continuing to put it off because I don't know where or how to start, I'm going to post in baby bites... sound good?
So why not start with my favorite part. The Sea of Galilee.
After a long day of traveling and site seeing, we were walking up over a hill and there it was. Absolutely breathtaking. We were all just in awe, it was one of those perfect moments that you could never duplicate. We sat in the tall grass with millions of wildflowers and just gazed over the glassy water. All I could think was "Is this really my life?"
We were only at the overlook for a few short moments before we had to leave, but as soon as we got to the Ein Gev, the Kibbutz we were staying at, we dropped our bags and headed straight to the sea.
We were all just giddy, we rolled up our pants and splashed around laughing and watching the first of the many sunsets we would watch over the sea.
After a good nights rest, our field trip that next morning started off with a boat ride on the sea. When we reached the middle of the sea (just for further clarification, its actually a lake, but Jesus called is a sea and so will I, it just sounds better) we stopped the boat and had a class devotional. We sang "Master the Tempest is Raging" and Brother Chadwick taught us the original way it was written.
But one of my favorite experiences with the sea, was just having time to contemplate. Brother Judd asked us to write a paper about our favorite story of the savior in Galilee. After about 5 seconds, I knew the one that I wanted. I chose the story of the Savior calming the storms found in Matthew 8:23-27. The part that really stuck out to me was verse 26 which reads "And he saith unto them, Why are you fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm" It made a lot of sense to my life at the time. Sometimes I think we get so fearful of the future, or the challenges at hand, that we tend to forget that the Lord is with us. Our overwhelming fear starts to take place of the faith that we have that the Lord will guide us in the right way. This story was a great reminder to me that even when the storms arise, the Lord is always in control. If we are doing all we can to follow him, he can calm those storms in our lives and allow us safe passage across the seas.