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Desert Revelation

By elizabethjoy, Pittsburgh, PA

“Be humble for you are made of earth; be noble for you are made of stars.”
Serbian Proverb

Never have I seen something so grand, so expansive, or so infinite. A cloudless blue sky above and hot, yellow, dusty sand below. Dirt roads curved around the bend, hugging the hills as I stared out the window, snapping as many photographs as I could. I was shocked by the amount of nothingness in every direction I looked. When our bus came to a stop, we knew we had arrived at our destination, which was not much of a destination at all, but a desolate rocky trail. Our group stepped into the hot sun and reveled as we realized we were alone in the Negev, the desert that covers about 55% of Israel’s land area.

I felt free at last. This world was new, open, and ready for my open hands to grab and forge.

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