What an incredible trip to Israel I had! As we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, I can’t help but be thankful for the opportunity to visit the Holy Land and experience the very places and peoples that our Savior experienced. Israel is a beautiful country will rolling hills, amazing vistas and a diversity and spirituality that I would say is probably like none other although I haven’t obviously visited everywhere so I can’t say for sure.

What I experienced there I can sum up in one word: FAITHFULNESS. God has been faithful to His people throughout history and I saw that firsthand while I was there. The archaeological discoveries that continue to this day are evidence of this.  Seeing a first century synagogue in Magdela that was only unearthed in the last 3 years, a portion of the western wall from the 2nd temple that was discovered along with the storefronts on the Temple Mount and the very stones of the walkway that Jesus and His disciples walked on, the Shepherd’s Field in Bethlehem where the shepherds received word from the angel that they would receive a sign…all of these things point to God’s Faithfulness.

For 400 years, God had been quiet, no speaking through prophets and yet here in this field, the shepherds hear: “… ‘Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.'” (Luke 2:10-13 NASB)

Although God was quiet for 400 years allowing time for the words of the Old Testament to be absorbed, He was faithful and returned with a sign, a sign that said He was back and He hadn’t left His people. Being in Bethlehem, it’s seemingly an inconsequential area, nothing from the outside that looks any more special than other places I’ve been to and yet this baby’s birth changed the scope of history and mankind forever. That’s one of the things that struck me the most about my time there.

Personally I experienced God’s Faithfulness when I was baptized in the Jordan River in the very area that Jesus is believed to have been baptized. I experienced His faithfulness when we were touring the area around the Sea of Galilee and our guide set up for us to take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee with a Christian Worship team. We sang praise and worship songs in Hebrew and English to our AWESOME God on the very waters that Jesus ministered on and around, the boat’s name: FAITH! After going through the very difficult times I’ve written about previously just 15 months before, to be on the Sea of Galilee singing out to God was like God telling me, “See, I told you I’ve got this; I’m with you.”

As we face news of uncertain times politically with very real concerns for safety around the world, may we hang onto this picture of faithfulness and remember that we are not alone, that God is with us through it all.

Tina Dorward About Tina Dorward

Tina Dorward is a fully-devoted follower of Christ who loves spending time with her husband and two sons and volunteering at her local church. In her free time she reads, writes, paints and cooks.


  1. Amen, Tina. God is faithful! So enjoyed reading your story.

  2. jude urbanski says:

    Tina, I really enjoyed this article and going to Israel is on my bucket list! I think I’d love being baptized in the Jordan. Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. What a trip! I loved your perspective on this, Tina. It sounds wonderful and thank you for sharing it with us.

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