Hiking in the Land of the Bible
What more can I say? I love to hike. It is a part of my nature. If I see a mountain, I immediately want to climb it. If I see rough terrain, I want to challenge it. Combine that with the heat of the desert, throw in some of the lowest, most inhospitable terrain on earth and I am excited. And what if this hike goes through land that has been talked about in the Bible for thousands of years? As a theological student and a student of the Bible, life doesn’t get any better than that!
My name is Daniel. I have recently lived in Jerusalem for over five years. On most free days, one could find me hiking somewhere in the desert. Mostly in the Judean wilderness, that swath of desert between Jerusalem and the Dead Sea, the lowest place on Earth.
It is a geography that is unchanged from the days of the Patriarchs and the time of Jesus.
As I explored this barren wasteland, it was often with the cherished biblical stories going through my mind.
In the next several months I will be sharing some of these unique hiking experiences from the Land of the Bible. Many of my hikes were solo. I loved going out with just a map, lots of water, and the thrill of discovery around every bend. As time went on and others knew about my hikes, I would take people with me so they too could experience the land in a very almost intimate way.
For now let me leave you with the following thoughts.
There is no place like the desert to remind oneself of your fragile humanity. Especially when water is almost depleted. Life’s priorities quickly become ordered.
You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.Psalm 63:1 – A Psalm of David (When he was in the Desert of Judah.)
I look forward to sharing more of my experiences with you in the near future.
Until then, Every Blessing.