On our way to the airport this morning at the end of our tour, we passed through the Aijalon Valley where Joshua commanded the sun to stand still.
We also passed the hill of Abu Ghosh (see map screenshot), near biblical Kiriath-Jearim, where the Ark of the Covenant rested for three months in the house of Obed-edom until King David brought it up to Jerusalem.
While in Jerusalem, I like to ponder the psalms that the pilgrims of old would recite from memory as they came “up” to Jerusalem for the annual feasts.
These Psalms of Ascents (Psalms 120-134) stirred up critical reminders of basic themes in a believer’s life. Reminders of faith, forgiveness, family, children, peace, hope, brotherhood, sacrifice, and right attitudes toward God and people. Indeed we need to hear these themes often.
Built into the first-century Jewish culture was the necessity of reminders and repetition—the need of rehearsing truth when the Roman world around them countered God’s Word at every step.
Some things are better heard and not seen. My eyes have been full of visual experiences, but today, my ears got to share in the experience. As I walked past a Jewish family who were celebrating together, I heard the young boy who could not see his father, call out to him,
Immediately, I thought of Mark 14:36.
Thank you, Abba that all things are possible for you.
Jesus wants us to pray. He taught us to pray. He told us to pray. He demonstrated how to pray. Where better to have a lesson on prayer than the Garden of Gethsemane? Where better to talk to our Lord? Where better to recall His prayer in that very spot, saying “not my will but Thine be done”? Unfortunately we often pray hoping for our own will to be done, and hoping it’s God’s will too.
Lord, bring us back into a prayer life with you that will enable the relationship with us that You want.