Where do I start? Places? Feelings? Company? They all seem to intertwine that I just don’t know where to begin. So let’s look at some photos and see where we end up!
The sea. The rolling waves. The soft sand and history. Lots of it. Caesarea Maritima sits right on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and was our first port of call if you like. I came here the last time we were in Israel. It was boiling hot then, but this time it was very pleasant – actually a little on the cool side.
We wandered along the front looking at the scenery. Rock pools and rock formations.
And of course the odd mosaic!
All are part of Herod’s Palace. It is amazing to think that the sea washes over these walls, with a back drop of stone carvings and columns and walls that seem to stretch forever.
We imagined chariot races in the hippodrome….
and plays in the theatre…
before we took our seats here to consider Cornelius. A centurion in the Italian Regiment, Cornelius wasn’t a believer in Christ, but he was seeking God. “He and his family were devout and God-fearing” (Acts 10). God saw and heard, and sent Peter to tell Cornelius about Christ. He is an example to us all that God “rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11.6). Those who sincerely seek will find Him through the right people sent to talk to them, at the right time and in the right way. All we have to do as Christians, is listen for that God given moment and act upon it. It sounds simple, but feels incredibly hard. God given moments – food for thought!