Posts tagged ‘Egypt’

May 13, 2010

Trip of a lifetime

I just got back from a really Awesome trip of a lifetime.  I went to Giza/Cairo, Egypt. The Giza Pyramids as they’re called, as well as Memphis(the original capitol of Egypt) where Huge statues of Ramses II were and then off to see Saqqara, another location of pyramids.  I also visited a papyrus institute and a hand making carpet factory.  WOW!  All of these places individually were phenomenal!!!  almost 4600 years old.

I travelled south then to Sharm El-Sheikh on the Red Sea.  Very touristy city where lots of European vacationers go as well as Russians too.  From there I took a 3 hour trek on bus to Mt.Sinai(where Moses was given the 10 Commandments TWICE).  This was really cool.  At the base of the mountain(and it was a mountain!) was St. Catherine’s Monastery, which is the oldest active monastery in the world(circa 550 AD).  The Red Sea was full of beautiful fish that were up on close on the shore and you could see all kinds of wonderful tropical fish.  Wild! 

Lastly, I ended up at Aqaba/Petra, Jordan.  This place was magnificent(circa 500 BC).  The sites were unbelievable!!   The Gulf of Aqaba was real pretty and nice.  The water was pretty hues of blues and very salty.

I loved eating the arabic food there for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  The shisha was good too!!

I have never seen so much history in one trip, as old as it was.  The people were very kind and hospitable everywhere and there weren’t any major issues besides a little volcanic ash to postpone the flight home.

April 21, 2010

Be Still

Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid.  Stand firm and you will

see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today.  The Egyptians you

see today you will never see again.  The Lord will fight for you; you

need only be still.”  – Exodus 14:13-14

 

 Will you be still?  Sometimes, the toughest thing that we must do is

simply be still.  In the verses above, the Israelites had been released

by Pharaoh and had been led by Moses to the edge of the Red Sea.  After

their exodus, Pharaoh changed his mind and sent his army after them.

The Israelites now stood with their backs to the sea and watched the

army approach them.  They questioned why God had delivered them from

bondage only to have them killed on the banks of the Red Sea.  God

responded to their cries by instructing Moses to charge them to be

still.  If they would simply be still, the Lord would fight for them.

We are much like the people of Israel.  When God brings us through one

storm only to find that we face another, we are quick to question Him.

Why?  Why did you lead me through the prior trial only to leave me here

to face this bigger one?  The Lord instructs us, however, to be still.

God will fight for us.  We need only be still.  Take a moment today to

consider your life.  Are you standing on the edge of the Red Sea with

the Egyptians approaching?  Remember that God wants you to be still.  I

realize that every muscle in your body wants to do something.  The only

thing you need do, however, is trust in God.  He will fight for you.

You need only be still.