Be still my heart. I am one day away from one of the most significant opportunities I will ever endure in my lifetime and I am very confident in that statement! I have been on a journey these past 6 weeks discovering and learning about one of the craziest, most difficult, and humbling conflicts I have ever experienced, The Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I have discovered how naive I have been in response to this conflict. I knew there were issues, but I had no idea what that really entailed. I knew people took sides, but I wasn’t sure why. I knew people were being displaced, but I didn’t know what for. I knew I didn’t know what was going on, but I was too wrapped up in my own little world to care about knowing more.
Friday, November 4, I will journey to the other side of the world to Israel/Palestine and I am confident my world will be totally rocked. God has been changing and molding my heart for this opportunity and I have literally cried out in utter awe that I get to be a part of this journey. There are things that He will take us through that will change and impact our lives forever and this is one of those things. I get to walk where Jesus walked and that in itself will be humbling. On top of that, I will get to meet incredible and beautiful people who are living life as peacemakers, peacemakers that are living amidst a conflict that has destroyed families, land, relationships, peacemakers that are of different religions that are living literally like Jesus, peacemakers that are making a difference in this world because they see the true Prince of Peace is living in them, and so they respond. I am humbled to be able to learn from these people as I venture out and understand what it means to live as a peacemaker and to bring this back home with me to share. Friends, if we cannot understand or partner with people that are of different religions, race, ethnicities, then how will we ever learn to love on and bring peace to the nations around us?
“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” Jimi Hendrix
We are not called to take sides on who is right or wrong, but to understand, immerse, and to respond in love, for that is the very thing that conquers all. Palestinians, Israelis, Muslims, Arabs, Jews, these people are my neighbors, and I choose to love them in their brokenness, in their hurt, in their conflict, and in their joy. Oh, be still my heart. I feel and want to say so much, but I fear it will just be a ramble. If you are prone to pray, I am inviting you to pray for me and the 20 women as we partner with The Global Immersion Project and fully immerse ourselves into Israel and into the lives of the everyday peacemakers that are there. Pray for listening hearts, for attentive ears, open minds, and no distractions. Excited for new friends and excited to see what God is going to do to my heart.
See you on the flip side.