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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

WOYWW: An Adventure in Petra

This is supposed to be a short post for What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday but alas, not this week!


I did some tidying up!  And I had some help...


Last week I didn't get to post a close-up of a wonderful surprise I received from Jo.  Thank you so much, Jo!  You must visit her and see her lovely eyes ;-)


Here is a quick sketch I made in my travel journal.  Notice the waters at the bottom left...


While we were in the amazing World Heritage Site of Petra, Jordan, I marveled at the ancient structures...

and amazing rock formations of the "Siq," the dim, narrow gorge (in some points no more than 3 m wide)  that winds its way approximately 1.2 km...

 

The first glimpse of Petra's most elaborate ruin, Al Khazneh (The Treasury), was awesome...

David Bjorgen
 and to see The Treasury up close was a dream come true.  But the dream turned into something of a nightmare when we experienced what would have been a terrifying experience for me if not for my faith in God - a flash flood!

It was drizzling when we started our walk and our tour guide made a remark about not dilly dallying because of the possibility of flash floods.  I thought he was joking and I said, "Oh, that would be too exciting for me!"  


By the time we reached The Treasury the rain had gotten harder (see the edge of the umbrella in the top of the picture above?)  and right after we took a group picture, our tour guide told us to hurry back.  Some of our older tour mates were able to ride the horse carriages but there were only a few carriages available.  

In a few minutes, he was shouting, "Move!" and pointing to the water flowing through the Siq, "See, the flash flood? It's starting already!"  Oh my gosh!!! By now we realized he wasn't joking after all, and not knowing just how high the floods would eventually reach was frightening.  Walking as fast as I could and getting breathless at the effort, the water quickly rose to knee high, and it was freezing!

After a while, a Petra guide told us to stop under an overhanging rock (this is what I later drew in my journal).  Here, we were able to catch our breath and we prayed together. For a while I thought we would wait it out under the comfort of the cave but in a few minutes, we heard the familiar, "Move!" and out we went back into the rain and the freezing floodwater.

But this time, I recalled these verses,
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 
Philippians 4:4

In every thing give thanks. 
1 Thessalonians 5:18

I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise; continually in my mouth. 
Psalm 34:1

and decided to do just that.  Thanking God while walking through the freezing flood, I felt courageous and victorious!   I had other lessons to be learned from this experience but that is for another post and I leave you with this verse from Isaiah.  




Thank you, Lord, for your protection, and for renewing my strength!  Also sharing this in Word Art Wednesday Inspire Me Monday and Paint Party Friday!

38 blog hugs:

joy said...

Thanks for sharing your journey and God's protection and His precious words.

SusanLotus said...

Lucky you visiting the beautiful Petra!

Thanks for sharing and your creations on your desk looks so beautiful too.

Bleesings to you!
Hugs
Susan

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hullo there Peggy,
At last able to WOYWW again

…Some lovely work going on here! and some exciting places you have been as well love the verses you have chosen and the shots of Petra just amazing..........
Thanks so much for sharing ~ happy WOYWW! Shaz in Oz. x #21

martinealison said...

Il est toujours très agréable d'ouvrir les pages de votre blog et d'y découvrir de tels trésors !...
Un très joli moment de partage.
Merci aussi pour l'ensemble de vos photos.
gros bisous à vous.

Neet said...

Oh, my goodness, that must have been scary. Thank goodness you had the Lord on your side.
Thank you for the beautiful pictures, the one place my bil is longing to visit. Lovely to see your photos rather than those of a guide book.
Thanks for sharing
Hugs, Neet xx 27 (the other half of Jo's eyes)

Neet said...

Oh, my goodness, that must have been scary. Thank goodness you had the Lord on your side.
Thank you for the beautiful pictures, the one place my bil is longing to visit. Lovely to see your photos rather than those of a guide book.
Thanks for sharing
Hugs, Neet xx 27 (the other half of Jo's eyes)

Neet said...

Oh, my goodness, that must have been scary. Thank goodness you had the Lord on your side.
Thank you for the beautiful pictures, the one place my bil is longing to visit. Lovely to see your photos rather than those of a guide book.
Thanks for sharing
Hugs, Neet xx 27 (the other half of Jo's eyes)

okienurse said...

OMG! How scary can that be! TO be in a place that gets very little rain and then be involved in a freezing flash flood! I love your pictures and would love to see the Treasury in person. Have a great week. Thanks for sharing. Vickie #39

Gerrina said...

It´s a special place Petra that you visited! There are so much beautiful things to see in the world... These pics are great! Greetings, Gerrina

Ria Gall said...

some really fantastic and special photo's and I love your journal pages so pretty
Happy WOYWW hope you have a great day
Ria #48

Annie said...

Never mind it not being a short post....I have really enjoyed sharing your journey so than you for posting the pics.
Hugs,
A x # 56

Julia Dunnit said...

Wow Peggy. What an experience, so glad you found strength from the fellowship of your party; I imagine that the ripples of lessons learned via that experience will affect you forever.

Lunch Lady Jan said...

How quickly can something turn to be scary....I am so glad that you are ok and able to create art out of your experience.... The water is beautiful like Hiroshige's waves in his prints.
Hugs, LLJ 38 xxxx

Scrapcat 1 said...

Thank you for sharing your experience, I am glad you had your faith to keep you safe.
Tracy #72

Lisa said...

Lovely AJ page. I enjoy seeing the photos of your trip as well and hearing of your adventure. Happy Wednesday. LisaDV #116

Carolyn Phillips said...

Beautiful work, amazing photos. I've always wanted to visit Petra. Somehow I never thought of it as beeing prone to flash flooding, and that sounds like a scary experience. Glad you came out of it safely. Look forward to reading more.
Carolyn #117

Karen Letchworth said...

Thank you for sharing these amazing photos with us. These are views that most of us would never see if you weren't able to share, so it is greatly appreciated. Thank you also for sharing your lovely art, which is also a blessing itself. You make me so happy by sharing. May God bless you!
Karen
Word Art Wednesday

Anne said...

This is a wonderfully beautiful post! Great pictures of Petra and lovely paintings. The cross in my pocket...will have to look that one up! Beautiful work all round but for me the Scriptures really spoke to me. Thank you!

Marisa Lerin said...

An exciting trip! Thanks for sharing.

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Peggy,

We have the same issues with flash flooding in our arroyos. People don't realize how dangerous it is. Glad you all reached safety.

Your travel journal page is very cool. What a wonderful way to remember your trip.

Happy WOYWW
Kay #60

froebelsternchen Susi said...

bleesings Peggy! GREAT POST!
Susi-
please have a look on our monthly
ART-JOURNAL-JOURNEY
a new theme is there!

Anne Manda said...

Thank you for sharing, Petra seems like such an enchanting and interesting place! But what a
frightening experience! Beautiful painting and love your sketch on your journal! <3


Netty said...

Thank you for sharing these wonderful photographs and sharing your great adventure.
Happy PPF, Annette http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

WrightStuff said...

Gosh - that really sounds like a crazy adventure!

helloitssandra.blogspot.com said...

Wow! what an experience youve had! Thank you for sharing your photos. Petra looks amazing! HPPF

Mary C. Nasser said...

It is one of my dreams to visit there, too.
And lovely painting again this week, Peggy. :)
♥♥♥
Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

acreativeharbor.com said...

Wow! What an adventure ! Lovely art work and great photography ~ Happy PPF ^_^

Marji said...

Your workspace is so small but so tidy! I'm impressed. Mine's big and messy. Love your post and your artwork. Beautiful

Faye said...

Exciting doesn't begin to describe your experience in Petra, Peggy! How marvelous to know that God is with us, even in situations like that. Your art is beautiful.

Mrs.D said...

It is along time since we visited Petra, but the amazing joy of the palce stays with you for a very long time. Peggy,I just love your picture and bible verses, they are so special you have a very precious talent there. God bless you.

EVA said...

Wow. What an experience!!

I have always wanted to go to Petra - so fascinating to live vicariously through your adventure. Love the photos and your sketches.!

Zafaran said...

What an amazing place it must be and an unforgettable experience! Great pictures and journal page!

Lynn Cohen said...

Amazing site, glad you got out safely!

Giggles said...

Wonderful photos and inspirational piece!! Thanks for sharing!

Hugs Giggles

Erin said...

OMG! your work is amazing! I cannot believe how beautiful your draws/journal entries are! You are truly an artist with a gift from GOD! Thank you for sharing!!! Can't wait to go back and look at more! Do you ever sell your art? I would LOVE to have you do some versus for me!!!! Sent your blog link to some sisters in faith! God Bless and keep up the GREAT work!!!!

JKW said...

Truly breathtakingly beautiful. Blessings, Janet PPF

Kelly said...

How could we ever create without our furry little helpers. Your drawings and pictures are beautiful. Creative Blessings.

Rebbetzin Gail Griner Golden at Gail-Friends said...

Wow - what excitement! You got some great shots even thought the weather was bad. I'm enjoying these posts and look forward to more.
Blessings,
Gail

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