MembersA Time for Everything

November marked the start of something new–our seven-day hike along the southern portions of the Israel National Trail.

By Anat Schneider |
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Photo: Maor Kinsbursky/Flash90

My husband knows and loves the desert, and for years he has dreamed of putting something like this together. But time after time, the project had to be postponed. Finally, the hike became a reality this year as our two groups–the first for German-speakers and the second for international/English-speaking guests–set off to experience the beauty and wonder of the desert.

I learned a long time ago that everything has its right time, and that time and the goal both serve and wait on one another. This reminded me of the story of Jacob’s dream (Genesis 28). It took a long time before Jacob’s dream was fulfilled. Despite the seemingly positive vision he’d received, Jacob’s life quickly entered a downward spiral. He leaves the country, is separated from his family, flees from his brother, Esau, and fears for his future.

But we see Jacob reach terms with God. “If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear,...

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