Walk to Jerusalem
Walk around the World
Week 3 Feb. 1 - Feb. 7
Taking the Time:
"All the days ordained for me were written in
your book before one of them came to be.
Have you ever said, "There just aren't enough hours in the day..." Our days can become pretty cluttered - and yet God says in Psalm 139 that "all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be." Does that mean that God knows when we waste time or when we pack too much into our days? Isn't it a mystery that we don't know the number of our days or what the future holds? Only a wise God - ever knowing and ever wise - could create such a system. And yet, we live and act as if we know everything and can control our future! Maybe we need to ponder how we fill our days. We can take the time to ponder, and while we walk this week, let's do just that - take the time to ponder the mystery of our all knowing, all loving God who knows what lies behind, before and with us today.
Questions to ponder:
God thinks of me constantly. How often do I think of Him?
What percentage of my day is spent on God?
What percentage of my day is spent on enriching my relationships with family and friends?
Land ahoy! We are about to step off the Atlantic Ocean and begin our land trek. We are stepping onto the shores of Morocco, one of three countries that stretch from the Atlantic Ocean, past the Straits of Gibraltar, and into the Mediterranean Sea. Morocco has two mountain ranges; the Atlas Mountains in the central and south regions, and the Rif Mountains to the north. Morocco is bordered by three small Spanish-controlled exclaves to the north, Algeria to the east, and the Western Sahara to the south. The population of Morocco is 33 million and as an area of 72,410 square miles. Rabat is the capitol while the largest city is the port of Casablanca.
The area of Morocco became part of the North African empire in the 10th century B.C. It was settled by the Phoenicians who traded to the surrounding cities from Carthage. Romans controlled the country from the 1st century. Christianity was introduced in the 2nd century while Islamic conquest occurred in 670 A.D. Today 99% of the population is Muslim. There are about 2500 Jews located in small enclaves, and 5000 foreign resident Christians in the larger cities. It is believed there are 4000 native Christians, mainly Berbers, who live in fear of government surveillance and social persecution so the count is hard to determine.
Morocco is a constitutional monarchy with an elected parliament. The king has vast powers over the government and army. Tourism plays a large part in the economy with the service industry and technology contributing. We will be traveling along the coastal plains where there is a limited agriculture production. So turn you faces to the east and start walking toward Algeria.