Our tour group arrived safely in Israel. Easy 9 hour flight.
Spent the night in a beachfront hotel on the great Blue Med in a city called Netanya, about 20 miles north of Tel Aviv. You could hear the ocean crash all night long. The vastness of the great ocean that Jesus saw most often is a refreshing reminder of God’s big-ness. When you look out over the coast line, you can not see anything but more and more water. Your eyes try to imagine the next piece of land, but it is incomprehensible to fathom.
God’s love is much like the big, blue med. It is vast and never ending. It is deep and replenishing. It is powerful and continuous. As I watch the sunrise on the big blue med this morning, I will reflect on the song by John Mark McMillian, and made famous by the Dave Crowder band…
He is jealous for me,
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,
Bending beneath the weight of his wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden, I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realise just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me.
And oh, how He loves us so,
Oh how He loves us,
How He loves us all
We are His portion and He is our prize,
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes,
If grace is an ocean, we’re all sinking.
So Heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss,
And my heart turns violently inside of my chest,
I don’t have time to maintain these regrets,
When I think about, the way…