Last week, Geoff and I were exhausted from the transition, getting settled, figuring out projects, etc. We were holding our breath for a chance to have at least a few hours to regain our composure. It's an understatement to say that we were looking forward to Shabbat, and though we still had meetings planned on Saturday, we joyfully anticipated at least a couple hours of our own. Surely in Israel of all places we could enjoy this sacred day of rest.
No such luck.
The group leader we work with was taken in for emergency surgery, which meant Geoff was now in charge of the group arriving in less than 24 hours for a 16 day trip. Geoff's dream come true...except for the detail that he had NO prep time for this particular group, was exhausted already - and the group came for a trip with someone else. The often heard statement on Friday and Saturday in Israel, "Shabbat Shalom," became a tongue-in-cheek phrase for us the rest of the day.
So, I apologize for being a bit behind on the blog, but it's been just a little crazy. We have found new meaning to the word "exhausted" and anticipate greater understanding as the week progresses.
I've been to all the sites we've seen the past two days on previous occasions but I have never seen the teaching come alive so much as it does though Geoff. Especially when he's teaching a story that he's particularly passionate about (which, if you know Geoff, is just about all of them), the listener can't help but fall in love with the story as well! I am certain I saw David slay Goliath today in the Valley of Elah, and learned more about that story, the significance of the location, time period, etc. than ever before.
We are tired, but thankful for this opportunity and excited about what the rest of the week holds.