Egypt Day 7: Habu Temple, Deir al-Medina and Faith
by Carson Crochet for the team
For the second morning in a row, the day began with an impressive never-ending selection of breakfast foods. After many sips of the savory French pressed coffee, the group loaded itself onto the coach bus.
Our tour guide, Mourad, prepped us for the adventure ahead as we drove 45 minutes out of Luxor to the Habu Temple. While strolling through the temple's courtyard, we learned about the symbolic meaning behind almost every hieroglyphic (the pattern on the king's chair represented the sacred temple, for example). The Egyptians also used a very long lasting paint; colors in the paintings stayed vivid after 3,000 years!
After exploring the temple, we drove up to the Deir al-Medina where Valley of the Kings tomb builders resided on the sun beaten hillside. The rocks piled in organized rows are all that is left of this ancient artisan village. Our trusty tour guide exceeded once again at giving us an experience unlike any other. This stop normally misses the maps of most tourists, yet we had the pleasure of visiting the archaeological site and two tombs without having to share the Egyptian wealth with any big tour groups.
Once we had seen where the workers had lived, we ventured over to the tombs themselves. Hidden deep between mountainous sand dunes, a ride in a little yellow train was required to get to the Valley of the Kings. Unfortunately, photos are not allowed but we were able to see the tombs of Ramses IV, Ramses IX, and Merneptah. The downward sloping walk and tedious trek back up was worth the hike to see the paintings that decorated the walls at every angle.
After a pleasant lunch overlooking views of the Habu Temple and some alabaster stone shopping, our team returned to the hotel for some much needed rest. Before heading to a dinner overlooking the Nile, we had team time and a devotion led by Cec. We reflected on our work as Christians. The more we focus on our faith, the more we become consumed by our faith. As seen at the temple and tombs, the Egyptians became consumed by their commitment for their kings. Their lives were dedicated to building these ancient masterpieces. Likewise, we as Christians need to focus on our faith, becoming consumed by it, in order to continue sharing the word of the Lord to others. The world may be a definite circle, but there are no edges to which our faith can't travel.
Carson Crochet for the team