This a picture of my friend Keren and her husband. She is Jewish, lives in Israel, and her goal is to become a tour guide, licensed by Israel’s Department of Tourism. While on a private tour, my good friend and guide introduced me to Keren. I had the very great blessing of spending a few hours with her to hear her story. I’ve met a number of interesting people in Israel, but none quite as intriguing as Keren. You see, she is a survivor of a terrorist attack. While riding home on public transportation, a man got on and detonated the bomb strapped to his chest. Many died and those who didn’t suffered severe injuries. When she regained consciousness, she was lying in the street, disoriented and bleeding. People poured into the street and began doing whatever they could. A man approached Keren and did what he could for her while waiting for emergency services. She was taken to a hospital and in time recovered from most of her injuries. She still suffers from some of the injuries. But that’s not the best part of the story. The Jewish man who attended to her was a believer in Jesus. Over time, this man and Keren built a friendship and eventually she professed faith in Jesus Christ and became a Christian.
I sat there mesmerized as she told her story. Her coming to Jesus seemed a miracle to me, and of course, the best part of her story. But if you talk with Keren, she will tell you that the best part isn’t that she survived, or became friends with a Jewish Christian, or even that she became a Christian, at least not exactly. She will tell you that the best part was coming to know that Jehovah God, Yahweh, loved her and had a plan for her life. She will tell you that God used the hatred of a Palestinian youth to bring about the life her Heavenly Father always intended her to live.
Keren’s hope is to share her story with as many people as she can, with her Jewish friends and with those from around the world who come to the Holy Land and are in need of God.
This week, take a moment to take stock of your life and purpose. Who are you? What has God purposed for you? Ask Keren. She will tell you her purpose wasn’t just to survive a terrorist attack, or even to meet a Christian. She will say that her purpose is to live for God, to praise His holy name, and to boldly share her faith with everyone she meets. My friend Keren, wow.