A much anticipated dinner

After an 10 hour flight covering nearly 6000 miles, we gently glided back onto the ground in Tel Aviv. We then began the process of clearing customs, gathering our luggage, and boarding a bus for the two hour ride to Tiberias and our hotel overlooking the Sea of Galilee.

While we are all loopy from little sleep, I did have a couple of observations from today:

  1. I was struck by the imagery of a common sign: Lost and Found.

Seeing it displayed in Hebrew made me think of Jesus and the parable of the lost sheep.

“What do you think? If someone had one hundred sheep and one of them wandered off, wouldn’t he leave the ninety-nine on the hillside and go in search for the one that wandered off?” Matthew 18: 12 CEB

Wouldn’t it be easier if when we were lost, we could just go to the Lost and Found desk and admit we were lost. It’s hard to admit you’re lost. Good to know that someone is out there looking for the lost.

2. Our guide was giving introductions and important information about the schedule for the coming week and then she said, “Tonight you will dine overlooking the Sea of Galilee.”

I wonder how many times that was the plan as evening approached for Jesus and the disciples. As we dined, I noticed we were surrounded by people from all over the world. All were here dining by the Sea. Dining in the place that Jesus once walked.

We haven’t done anything but wait today … and in the waiting … God is already stirring our Spirits through the common everyday things … it seems not much has really changed in 2000 years.

Tomorrow we begin our journey in His Steps with Cana, Nazareth, and Ceasarea Philippi … but tonight we rest after dinner.


I am a United Methodist Pastor and have the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor for the church of my childhood. I preach in a place I once was an acolyte. I love to preach, but more importantly I love to teach. I firmly believe that Faith Matters and should affect how we live. This blog is a place where I come to share the randomness that is life and faith ... and the intersection of the two.