We got to take a camel ride during our trip to Israel last year, and after the ride, this camel exhibited the way I’ve been feeling for several weeks.

We did have a great trip, and I’m really glad we were able to walk where Jesus walked and see many of the sites I’ve read about in the Bible. And it has given me new appreciation for the current situation in Israel. But a couple of weeks before we left, I had a mild medical issue that left me with little energy, so walking all those hills was a bit challenging. I had never realized how many hills there are in Israel—or how steep they are!

It may be hard to tell from this photo, but we rode really close to the edge, and there was a huge drop-off on our right. Thankfully, the camels knew how to maneuver the narrow trail. But was I relieved when the ride ended? I’m glad to say I rode a camel, but I don’t feel the need to do so again.