Well, friends, as I'm sure you could tell from my facebook posts, we had a wonderful time on our trip to Jordan last month. One of the highlights of our trip was a visit to the River Jordan, where we had a once in a lifetime chance to go down to the very spot where it is believed that Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. It is a moment that will stay with me for the rest of my life.
|Excavated remains of Bethabara|
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If I look petrified in the video, it's because I've already had to climb under a set of ropes (the entire section is roped off from visitors) and all I can think about is a heavily armed man running up and yelling at me, since the site is located in a military zone. Also, as my husband often reminds me, I am not a person who likes to break the rules.
As we began to make our way back to the bus, my husband said to me, "Did you say a little prayer?" And because I didn't want to admit that the only prayer I said was, "Please, God, don't let me get in trouble for being down here," I said "yes" and continued walking.
"I feel like I could cry," I said to him a few moments later. And it was then that I realized there was only one prayer to say: thank you.
It never occurred to me in that moment to ask God to 'fix' Liam. It didn't occur to me to pray to Jesus and ask him to help Liam walk.
It never occurred to me to ask for anything. I only felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude.
When we started on this journey almost five years ago, I never dreamed I'd be at this place. I spent the last four months of my pregnancy focusing on the things my little boy would never do. I spent those months wishing away his Spina Bifida. Five years ago I would've been our tour guide. I would've seen a little boy in a wheelchair and thought, this child could use a miracle.
But now I know the truth: we don't need any miracles.
Because we already have one.
"So much has been given to me. I have no time to ponder that which has been denied."
- Helen Keller
More pictures from our trip...
|On our way to the River Jordan!|
|Enjoying his treats from friends we met along the way. Liam came home from the River Jordan with a Jesus necklace, a rosary, and delicious marshmallow cookies.|
|Mommy & Liam at the Dead Sea|
|Floating in the Dead Sea!|
|On the drive to Petra|
|Hiking in the Middle East|
|Family Picture at Petra|
|Our little world traveler on the flight back to Kuwait|