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Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in Jordan, is an impressive architectural wonder that showcases the long-lasting legacy of an ancient civilization. Visiting Petra was an adventure through time, exploring history, and connecting with a forgotten past.
Entering Petra: A Portal to the Past
Upon reaching the narrow entrance of the ancient city, the impressive beauty of the rose-red rock walls that protected Petra’s hidden treasures immediately captured my attention. It was like entering a portal to a world lost in time. The Siq, was a winding canyon flanked by cliffs soaring to the heavens. Instead of walking the distance, I took a donkey ride from the Sig.
The Siq was a pathway that had borne witness to countless traders, travelers, and caravans over the centuries. For a moment, I felt like a character in a story, walking the same path as the ancients.
The Treasury: A Glimpse of Ancient Grandeur
And then, as the Siq made its final turn, Petra’s showpiece was unveiled before my eyes—the Treasury. The sun reflected this magnificent façade with an otherworldly glow. This huge, imposing building was carved out of rocks with bare hands! Truly a wonder of the ancient world! The intricate carvings and columned entrance left me in awe.
Wandering the Ancient City
From the Treasury, I wandered deeper into the city, discovering the sprawling tombs, temples, and monuments. The Royal Tombs, hewn from the rose-red cliffs, stood as silent reminders of Petra’s past glory. The Amphitheater, where gatherings and performances once echoed, lay nestled amidst the rocky amphitheater.
I ventured to the Monastery, the largest of Petra’s monuments. The view of Petra was stunning—a wide landscape of majestic rocks.
The Stories Petra Tells
Each corner of Petra held stories of its builders, the Nabateans, traders who visited, and the passage of time. The place seemed almost surreal, as if I had stepped into the very heart of an Indiana Jones movie.
A Testimony to Human Resilience and Artistry
Petra wasn’t just a place with stones and history, but also a symbol of human creativity, strength, and the skill of carving natural rock. Walking through its streets, I felt a deep connection with the past, as if I were an honored guest in the world’s most exquisite open-air museum.
Leaving Petra: A Humbling Journey Through Time
My visit to Petra was a humbling and spiritual journey through time. I was deeply impressed by the ancient city and the way it showed the lasting impact of human accomplishments. Petra will forever be etched in my memory as an enchanting tale of stone and sand, history, and wonder.
Petra is an incredible place to visit. It feels like traveling through time, with old stone walls and hidden secrets from a forgotten civilization. If you ever find yourself in Jordan, make sure Petra is on your must-visit list. It’s an experience that will linger in your memory long after you’ve left the rose-red city.
Have you visited Petra? Share your experience with us in the comments below.
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In 2019, me and 30 other people traveled to Galilee, which is a significant and sacred place.
The Sea of Galilee was the place where Jesus dedicated a considerable amount of time, performing so many miracles such as feeding the 5000, walking on water, calming storms, and many others.
I was always interested in the stories of Jesus and His disciples. This trip promised to make those stories come alive in a meaningful way.
A Hotel by the Sea of Galilee
Upon our arrival, we checked into a cozy hotel nestled near the shores of the Sea of Galilee. The view from my room was amazing, with calm waters below a wide blue sky. It was a fitting start to what would prove to be an extraordinary adventure.
Setting Sail on Sacred Water
The next morning, we decided to take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, like Jesus and His disciples did two thousand years ago. The moment I stepped onto that boat, I could feel a powerful sense of anointing in the air. It was as if the Holy Spirit was welcoming me on this journey.
While sailing in the Sea of Galilee, the wind got stronger, making the experience more exciting. We were captivated by the mesmerizing performance of a talented vocalist who delivered moving Christian songs to uplift our spirits. I got absorbed in the music and the soothing motion of the boat. It was a moment of true spiritual connection.
Gazing toward the horizon, we could make out two mountain ranges separated by a valley. Strong winds rushing down this valley frequently produce rapid thunderstorms due to wind tunnel effect.
Two thousand years ago, the disciples spent the whole night on a fishing boat here, but didn’t catch any fish. Then, Jesus instructed them to lower their nets once more, and as they did, the nets became filled with fish to the point of breaking. Overwhelmed by this miraculous catch, Peter fell to his knees before Jesus, acknowledging his own sinfulness.
Feasting on St. Peter’s fish
After our memorable boat ride, we were treated to a meal of St. Peter’s fish and chips. The fish was caught fresh from the Sea of Galilee. Savoring this local delicacy felt like a communion into the past. I thought about the disciples who had fished in these waters. It was a humbling experience.
Reflections on Galilee
Thinking about the meaningful moments of that day, I gazed out at the Sea of Galilee. Galilee left a lasting impression on me. I knew this trip would be unforgettable. It was a journey that touched my soul, reminding me of the timeless beauty and spirituality that permeates this sacred land.
In the end, my visit to Galilee in 2019 was not just a vacation; it was a spiritual odyssey. It was a journey that allowed me to step back in time and walk in the footsteps of Jesus. Sometimes, the most powerful travel experiences are the ones that touch your heart and soul unexpectedly. Galilee did just that, and I will forever be grateful for the memories and the moments of inspiration it gave me.
Have you visited Galilee? share you experience in the comment below.
I want to share with you a remarkable milestone in my life’s journey—the joy of crafting 40 Christian non-fiction books. I am grateful for the journey that brought me to this achievement.
I started my journey as a Christian author with a simple idea and a strong desire to share God’s Word. I have written various forms of Christian literature over the years, such as novellas, commentaries, Bible study guides, and devotionals. These books have been my way of reaching out to a world hungry for spiritual nourishment.
Bestsellers and Beyond
I never expected that 16 of my books would become “Amazon bestsellers”. Each time my work was ranked as a bestseller, it not only acknowledged my efforts but also highlighted the strong desire for spiritual truth in our world today.
Surpassing Sales Milestones
The journey also took me to incredible sales milestones. Four of my books have surpassed 3,000 copies sold, reflecting the hunger for faith-based content in today’s readers. Six books have exceeded 2,000 copies sold, and an additional six have reached the 1,000-copies-sold mark. These numbers are more than statistics; they are testimonies to the impact of God’s Word and the power of storytelling.
Giving Glory to God
At this moment of reflection, I want to give all glory to God. It is through His grace and inspiration that I have been able to write these books. Each word, each story, and each message is a testament to His presence in my life.
Thank You Dear Readers
I want to express my heartfelt thanks to all my readers, from across the globe and far and wide. Your support, encouragement, and hunger for spiritual growth have been my driving force. You have made this journey worthwhile, and I am deeply grateful.
I am celebrating a great achievement of writing 40 Christian non-fiction books. This milestone reminds me of a meaningful verse from the Bible, Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” With Christ as my guide and source of strength, I look forward to continuing this journey of faith and writing, knowing that there are many more stories to tell and hearts to touch.
Thank you for being a part of this incredible journey. May God’s blessings continue to abound in your lives.