Greetings from Israel!
The seasons in Israel are changing, bringing cool winds, clouds and—most importantly—rain. I’m thrilled to report that the rains have arrived in earnest, with significant downpours over the weekend.
Israel is an arid place; the modern country is laid over the deserts of ancient Judea. Despite all of the technological advances we have used, borrowed and created to make fresh water available throughout the year, our precious land is in a permanent state of drought.
Israelis understand how dependent the country is on the rains. Water flows from the Golan Heights into the Sea of Galilee and down the Jordan River. It irrigates the crops, sweetens fruit and nurtures Israeli industry at every level. Nursery school children celebrate each drop in song and relish every puddle. Every millimeter of precipitation receives its due!
It’s not unusual for six to eight months to pass from the end of one rainy season to the beginning of another. During the hot, dry summer, faith pushes us through to the next appearance of grey clouds and the next rumble of thunder. As God explains to the Israelites in Leviticus 26:4, “I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees of the field their fruit.”
We are rejoicing in a promising start to the rainy season and hoping for continued blessings.
With best wishes for a healthy and wet winter.