Israel is a different world.
Full of history, fights, adventure, and depth.
It inspired me in many ways. But mostly, it inspired me to look beyond the impossible and broaden my worldview.
Our journey began at Lake Genezareth, like the calm before the storm. How can there be a storm on a lake?
Mostly, the waters are calm. But after noon, something changes inside of them. It stirs. It moves.
The water rises to refresh you with splashes, and you’re surprised that it’s not salty. Of course not, it’s just a lake. But it does not feel this way.
It plays with you, teasing you with the fact that the impossible can be made possible here. A lake, a sea. Things are not what they seem.
The Golan Heights glance over the Syrian border. A deserted and broken city lies directly at it.
Is this really how Syria looks now? My heart suddenly aches.
The phenomenon continues. Wherever Israel ends, the green postures end. The trees end. Everything that is left looks deserted. You cannot shake the impression that something is unique about this country. But what?
The desert stretches far, its formations rise and fall like liquid mountains glittering in the blinding sunlight. Then, further to the horizon, the Dead Sea breaks the bleak stones. Like a rebellion, the water washes the sandy desert with fresh blue colors. Further to the horizon, mountains of the Jordan rise to end the Dead Sea.
Drowning in there is impossible. The water, so full of minerals, pulls you up, makes you float. This is the lowest point on earth, 423 meters beyond sea level. The impossible made possible once again.
Jerusalem is a city of controversy. It’s a clash of worlds, and at times seems like the center of it. On every corner, there are different houses of prayer. But does God need one?
Jerusalem throws questions on worldview, religion, meaning, and God directly in your face, confronting you with yourself and daring you to decide where you stand.
It’s different to the European mind. It’s another world, fascinating and repelling at the same time.
Then, the Mediterranean Sea. Reminding you of its endless possibilities.
The temperature is perfect, the water is a clear blue, the sand soft and warm. And while bathing in this beauty, military helicopters frequently pass the beach.
The people here fought against all the odds. They never gave up, surrounded by enemies. How was it even possible for them to win? Was it a supernatural blessing? Or just their overwhelming desire to protect their families who counted on them?
It seems surreal, even now. Impossible things to the human mind, yet reality.
Often we stick to our narrow understandings and thoughts of things are supposed to work. Our worldview is the product of what our parents taught us, our teachers, and what we learned to be true over the course of time.
But there is so much more to be discovered. Much more to see what we haven’t seen yet, especially for creatives and writers.
This is what Israel taught me: to look at the impossible things I encounter in life (making a living with my art, relationships that seem broken, ideas that reach a dead end) and believe that there might be ways and possibilities I’m unaware of yet.
Look beyond the impossible.
Think the unthinkable.
This is what we creatives should be doing, this is what makes us creative, after all
What were the places that inspired you?