It was about this time of year that we got to go to Israel. It really is the trip of a lifetime.
Seven days of visiting historical sites, sailing across the Sea of Galilee, visiting locations where Jesus walked and lived and taught, culminating with 3 days in Jerusalem was a spiritual journey unlike any other. At the end I felt as if I had followed in Jesus’ footsteps, discerned God’s fingerprint and seen His handiwork.
When we left Israel our trip continued into Egypt. It was late afternoon, and our long drive across the Sinai Peninsula took us late into the night. We didn’t arrive at our hotel in Ras Sedr until 11 PM.
At one point during the night our guide asked if we would like to get off the bus and walk into the desert to take a look at the night sky. He said we were miles from any source of light and the number of stars visible always seemed to amaze westerners. We all said an enthusiastic “Yes!” and soon the bus and our two, armed escort cars pulled off the road.
We walked about 50 feet away from the 2-lane highway and they turned off all the headlights. It was indeed astounding! Thousands of bright and distinct stars came into view. Everyone there was uttering sounds of amazement. “Ooooh!” “Wow!” “Look at that!” “Unbelievable!”
As our eyes adjusted to the darkness, not only could we see millions of stars, but we could discern that some of what we usually see as a single star, was obviously a cluster of many stars.
For instance, the Orion Nebula. As a child, I learned to spot the four-corner placed stars that form Orion’s shoulders, knee and foot. And the belt of 3 stars in a row resembling Orion’s belt to hold his sword. Below the 3-star angled belt was a star that represented the tip of his sword. It always just looked like a kind-of-fuzzy star to me.
But here in the desert with absolutely no light pollution, it was an explosion of light that allowed you to identify several distinct stars and a cloud that is the star nursery where new stars are continuing to form and be born.
After several minutes we got back on the bus and continued our journey. With memories of our experience in Israel, and thoughts of the brilliant Sinai sky, I penned this song.
Back at home weeks later, I was able to set it to pictures I had taken, record it and post it on you-tube.
Please click to see and hear it at this link: