The Dead Sea Offers a Calming Presence for Travelers

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The surface and shores of the Dead Sea are 423 metres (1,388 ft) below sea level, making it Earth’s lowest elevation on land.

When traveling to Israel, a stop that should be sitting at the top of your list is the Dead Sea. Bordering Israel, the West Bank and the Jordan, lies one of the lowest points on earth. Travelers from all over the world can’t help but visit the wonder that rests 400 meters below sea level.

He told me, “This water flows east, descends to the Arabah and then into the sea, the sea of stagnant waters. When it empties into those waters, the sea will become fresh. Wherever the river flows, life will flourish—great schools of fish—because the river is turning the salt sea into fresh water. Where the river flows, life abounds. Fishermen will stand shoulder to shoulder along the shore from En-gedi all the way north to En-eglaim, casting their nets. The sea will teem with fish of all kinds, like the fish of the Great Mediterranean. (Ezekiel 47:8-9 MSG)

As you sit on the salty banks of the Dead Sea, find peace in God’s Word and feel as Ezekiel felt. Take time to reflect on God’s perfect peace in your life and know that life is flourishing all around you; be transformed by this moment.

Enjoy the calming presence that the Dead Sea has to offer. The hypersaline water makes floating easy and you can also relax in the mineral-rich black mud, which is quite therapeutic. Reach to the bottom and try the mud out for yourself.

As you exit the Dead Sea, you can travel to the surrounding cliff walls and be captivated by the beautiful, surrounding monasteries. If you’re looking to slow down, relax and find peace on your journey, the Dead Sea is definitely for you.

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