The logistics of ten very full buses seeing the same things, all at different times on the same day, is mind boggling!
Watchmen on the Wall are taught about Israel’s history in depth, and are trained to pray for all things Jerusalem.
Our flight from Tel Aviv was perfect.
We flew to Barcelona.
Waiting for our flight to Chicago (With airplane mode on to avoid roaming fees) and unaware of the fact that we were being rerouted through somewhere else, we totally missed our gate.
Here we were in Barcelona, we only speak English. Zero Spanish, trying to figure out our next move.
With exhaustion and frustration, we did our best not to argue. It was tough.
Then a ladies voice comes from behind us.
“I speak some Spanish. Can I help you? Where are you going?”
Believe it or not, she was going to Chicago as well!
Same gate. Different time. Thank you God!
She went to speak to someone, came back, and told us how we could book another flight.
Needless to say, we were in the wrong, wrong, place, at the wrong, wrong time, (we thought) and somehow, like He is known to do, God turned things around for us.
The flight from Barcelona to Chicago of course was long (ten hours) and we did not get to sit together on the plane, but we were both grateful to have a seat on that plane, and be homeward bound.
Of course when we landed in Chicago, it was far too late for the scheduled flight for the last leg of our journey.
So the airline provided us with a hotel voucher, so that we could sleep, food vouchers, so we would not starve, and transportation vouchers so we could get back and forth from the hotel to the airport.
We used our first transportation voucher to get to our provided hotel, WHICH HAD NO ROOMS, there was literally no room at the inn.
Voucher number two took us right back to the airport, and to the customer service desk, to find out just what were were going to need to do.
The gal was so sweet and helpful.
After regaling her with our story, she looked at her screen, and said “Oh look what just popped up!”
A room had JUST opened up at the O’Hare Hilton. (At 10:30 at night?)
A simple ten minute walk from where we stood.
The photo above is the view from our forth floor window.
We even had some extra time to get to our flight home in the morning.
There is a moral to this story, a punch line, a promise.
God never once tells us in His word that things will be easy.
In fact sometimes, things can be down right frustrating.
But His promise, is that if we trust Him, He will always care for us.
Scripture says clearly;
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper. Isaiah 54:17 (ASV)
Note; It does not say that there won’t be weapons, it says they will not prosper.
So we ended up home, safe, exhausted, and forever changed.
Even though it was the hottest day on our tour – we enjoyed it very much. (Thank God for well air conditioned buses on our return!)
But first …………….
We saw these buildings from all angles in our travels – now here on the ground we could see their size!
We all really wondered about that twisty one!
Jaffa, City in Israel – Description -Jaffa, in Hebrew Yafo and in Arabic Yaffa and also called Japho or Joppa, the southern and oldest part of Tel Aviv-Yafo, is an ancient port city in Israel. Wikipedia
This explains the discrepancy in spellings and pronunciations.
Tower in South City Centre (Tel Aviv)
This huge tower, the first skyscraper in Israel opened in 1965, is one of Tel Aviv’s major landmarks and a notable part of its skyline. It has permanent exhibits on the history of Tel Aviv in the foyer and on the 1st floor.
We listened to a guide that knew so many facts, had so much knowledge, and was funny to boot – It was hard to keep up.
We also got to see about twenty minute long documentary about Israeli/Tel Aviv history.
Since it is impossible to remember all our guide told us, I placed some links.
Please enjoy the photos – It was hard to choose.
Elijah challenged King Ahab and the prophets of Baal here.
The day was very warm. This was one of the most restful stops we had. It was so peaceful.
The place where Harod’s palace was.
On the horizon, part of his palace was made into a restaurant.
Some of the ancient names can still be read on the seats.
We would love to visit Caesarea again, and stay a while.
What a beautiful town it was, oh and the ocean!
Mount Tabor. … In the Hebrew Bible (Joshua, Judges), Mount Tabor is the site of the Battle of Mount Tabor between the Israelite army under the leadership of Barak and the army of the Canaanite king of Hazor, Jabin, commanded by Sisera. In Christian tradition, Mount Tabor is the site of the transfiguration of Jesus. (Google search)
After leaving Mt. Tabor, we headed on to our hotel, that night would be our first night in Tiberias.