This narrow valley is quiet, serene, peaceful and probably as close today to what it was in Jesus' time as anywhere in Israel.
The views are spectacular and I confess that I couldn't imagine before going that it would be so lush and fruitful. This part of Israel will grow any fruit or vegetable you plant. The soil is volcanic and much like Hawaii.
Even though they were experiencing a bit of a drought there were still wild flowers everywhere the day we were there - some like what we have here in Arkansas and some I've never seen. They had Queen Anne's Lace, and Baby's Breath and Poppys. A few of them are residing, dried, in my Bible. :)
We went to this valley early in the morning of our first full day in Israel. There was no one there but our group. We could hear the doves cooing and see the caves in the mountains where people lived during Jesus' time. This road that you see here is the road that Jesus would have walked going from Capernaum, where He lived for 2 or 3 years after He was rejected by Nazareth, to Bethany where Mary, Martha and Lazarus lived. This is the road Naomi and Ruth would have walked. Just the knowledge that my feet could be standing in a place where His feet stood nearly took me to my knees. We had a worship service here that touched my heart and filled me with joy.
This is His land, His home, the land He will return to. This is your land too. Your home. How awesome is that!