Although we can see far from atop the Makhtesh Ramon, David Ben-Gurion saw farther. The visionary saw Israel’s vast and barren Negev in southern Israel as holding the future potential for a new society for Israel.
Leading by example, he settled in the kibbutz Sde Boker in 1953.
Because the Negev receives barely eight inches of rain per year, many saw Ben-Gurion’s dream as a fantasy. But water piped from the Sea of Galilee has helped the desert bloom.
Ben-Gurion and his wife are buried nearby, overlooking the Negev they helped to tame.
Seeing Life in Barren Places
The patriarch, Isaac, also dwelt in the Negev, and Isaac faced the challenge of finding water as well. The Scriptures say that because “The Lord blessed him” (Genesis 26:12), Isaac sowed and reaped a hundredfold in the Negev.
Only God gives life in a barren land and in barren lives.
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