Israel 2016 Day One

Everything in me would rather be sleeping right now…however, I promised myself I would blog every single day. So I need to start that.

Today (or the last few days…I don’t really know. That’s what happens when you travel internationally) has been long. But that’s to be expected. Long story short, I woke up on the morning of January 2, expecting to fly to Newark at 1PM from O’Hare. However, I woke up at 5AM after about just five hours of sleep to an email that my flight had been cancelled. I panicked and ran to grab my phone and call the airline. I worked my way through and they said they could get me on a seat with another airline in a couple hours. So I had to leave right then. I got there with about 1.5 hour. Security line was crazy long. I got to the gate 25 minutes prior to boarding. But I still needed a seat/boarding pass. Long story short, the lady was very rude and eventually gave me a boarding pass. Being completely exhausted, anxious and not trusting God, I was done already.

I was humbled on my flight to Newark as I recognized God’s sovereignty and my lack of trust. He sees me and knows my situation and is already working it out. I got to Newark around 1 PM, spent time chatting, playing banangrams, eating for the first time of the day, pounding headaches, and excitement. We then headed up to our ticket counter, waiting for an administrator from the trip but it was just a large group of college students and no leader. We eventually made it through passport control (because this was a direct flight to Israel). I had a bland falafel sandwich, headed through security and got on the flight.

At first, I was so excited as no one was in my row. Eventually, a younger couple came, Israeli and not a word of English. I sat on the window seat. Completely exhausted and already feeling like I’d been on a terribly long flight, I was ready to knock out. Thank God, I slept most of the flight. I was mainly separated from the whole group but didn’t mind since I needed sleep.

Our flight was only about 9 hours. We landed at Ben Gurion Tel Aviv at 2:30 PM, many familiar sites and moments, just like yesterday. Passport control was a breeze. So crazy to be back here.

I can’t quite explain what it’s like to be back. It really does feel like home. I am so excited to see all the sites again and seek God’s heart.

A few things you can be praying for over the next ten days:

  • Pray for clarity and direction as I pray about serving as a missionary in Israel in the future…do I love this place becuase my experience or because of God’s heart for Israel?
  • Pray for focus
  • Pray for the Lord to bring spiritual refreshment
  • Pray for energy, safety and good health

I hope to update everyday and hopefully have pictures when I can!

4 Replies to “Israel 2016 Day One”

  1. So proud of you, Alison! I admire your heart, your wisdom, and your love for God’s people and His work.
    Looking forward to reading more of your blogs!! I love Israel and really really hope I have the opportunity to go back someday.
    Love you.


  2. I had no idea you guys were headed back to Israel! I’m interested to hear about how this all came about…
    Praying for you!
    Love you, Allison!


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