Monday, August 4, 2008

Scary Experience @ The Dead Sea

I LOVED floating in the Dead Sea! This was the most incredible sensation! The water felt like silk. I was quite amazed that there wasn’t an over powering sulfur odor in the air. I also enjoyed walking on the salt bars. I accidentally ended up about 3 foot ball fields out from the shore line. This actually became a dangerous situation and I didn’t like it at all! I was out there by myself in the early morning. There were only two people on the shore line and I did not know them at all. The sun was beating down and in July the Dead Sea feels like a hot tub. Of course as I was walking on the salt bar I would run my hands through the silky brine. I was looking down into the water admiring beautiful salt crystals and watching out for the occasional sink holes that had formed. I started talking to God and jokingly asked Him if Peter really walked on the Dead Sea instead of the Sea of Galilee – because I was quite sure it appeared as if I were walking on water back on the distant shore line! It was really getting hot and I started perspiring on my forehead. Not thinking anything about it I wiped my forehead with my hand. WRONG thing to do, because I wiped my forehead with Dead Sea Brine! I didn’t realize it until a few minutes later when the perspiration on my brow started to trickle the powerful mineral & salt laden water into my eyes! I was instantly blinded. There I was – about 900 feet out in the Dead Sea with no guide to get me back to the shore line, no one I knew within shouting distance to come and rescue me and I knew there were sink holes on my path back to the shoreline and the fresh water shower! I had to walk very slowly – due to the fact that the water was just below knee level and very ‘thick’ to walk through. I did a lot of praying while I made my journey back to the shoreline. It felt like it took an eternity! But PTL I made it to the fresh water shower – then I went right back out and floated again! This time I was very near the shoreline!

What an experience that was! I'm so thankful God took care of me during that situation. It's quite an unnerving feeling to be instantly blind out in the middle of the Dead Sea and not know where you're going. I had a lot of thoughts that went through my mind causing fear. But when I prayed the fear went away and it was almost as if an angel guided me to safety.

Well, that's my post for today. Hug and kiss 4 people today before you go to bed!
Tammy D.
The Mud Queen™

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