Two places I've always wanted to go are Rome and Israel. Faith builders. This spring when hubby and I were talking about vacation plans He said Israel was out for now. Understandable. Some time passed by and He offered up a trip to Rome. We did some research online and He booked our trip for September. I was so excited! I immediately started making a list of the things I had to see and tour; the Relief on the Arch of Titus, The Colosseum, The Santa de la Scala, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica.
Then, about a month before we were going to be leaving on our trip, we learned some changes were going to happen with my husband's job. We prayed and prayed. And, we finally decided God had led us to book the trip and we were going.
We spent six days in Italy and five of them in Rome. We walked everywhere on the cobblestone streets, visited and prayed at religious sites, ate pasta and gelato, and spent a beautiful day at a vineyard in Tuscany. It was a wonderful trip! It was amazing seeing how God preserved so much to testify to His existence. Literally, for thousands of years, God has protected and preserved things to edify and build man's faith. I loved the story of the Emperor Constantine. He saw a vision in the sky, the sign of a cross of light in the heavens, above the sun, with the inscription, "By this symbol you will conquer." That night, in his sleep God appeared to him with the same sign and instructed him to put the cross on the shields as a safeguard against enemies in war. Then, God gave Constantine victory in war and Constantine declared Christianity as the state's religion. How amazing. The Empire transformed from being the most savage persecutor of Christians to embracing Christianity. I. Love. This. How amazing.
In the end, our trip to Italy reaffirmed our conviction to God. He is. He was. He will forever be.
"We must not hide them from their children, but must tell a future generation the praises of the LORD, His might, and the wonderful works He has performed." Psalm 78:4