Like Thailand’s Chao Phraya River

Chao Phraya RiverscapeThe “River of Kings” snakes 231 miles through the entire heart of Thailand, Chao Phraya Riverfrontincluding Bangkok, Chao Phraya River. China House so after our morning of site-seeing (this is the famous “China House” restaurant)Chao Phraya River. Captain we were treated to a cruise down the Chao Phraya River Thai lunch in Bangkok on our way to an authentic (and gourmet) Thai lunch buffet. Sampan on Chao Phraya RiverWe traveled in a flat-bottomed sampan. Chao Phraya River sampans The sampans are everywhere  Chao Phraya River 2 and used by everybody Chao Phraya River Sampan both for transporting goods and passengers…Chao Phraya River. Boarding so we had to wait in a very long, hot line to board, Chao Phraya River insect collections although the line wound through stalls with all sorts of exotic items for sale that you really couldn’t get in America, so that was very…educational! 🙂 Chao Phraya River Wat ArunOur river cruise took us by the Buddhist Temple known as Wat Arun, Chao Phraya River which is often featured in photos (but was being restored this spring). Chao Phraya River BoatsRiver life is fascinating…a world unto itself, Bangkok Downtown from Chao Phraya River 2but it’s a great way to get insight into the heart of a city and take its pulse. Chao Phraya River 8 We saw lots of unusual but lovely architecture Chao Phraya River Sampans and marveled at the busy-ness and population density.Chao Phraya River. Government BuildingWe saw beautiful government buildings and could tell they honor their royalty. Church along Chao Phraya RiverWe noted that there are not only many Buddhist temples…
but also a few churches. Chao Phraya River SkyscrapersLike every city, there were not only amazing skyscrapers, Old Building on Chao Phraya Riverbut  some old, run down buildings that needed to be restored or replaced. Chao Phraya River 5However, cruising the Chao Phraya River was a remarkably different experience Chao Phraya River Bridgein this one way: There is no bridge separating wealth and poverty.Chao Phraya River ContrastAlong the Chao Phraya River beauty and ugliness dwell side by side. Tourists on the Chao Phraya RiverSomeone asked our tour guide why the poor people didn’t sell their homes; with the profit they could doubtless have much better housing somewhere else! Chao Phraya River HovelsHowever, the tour guide said the people have lived there for generations and don’t want to give up their land and lifestyle. Chao Phraya River HovelI think my own heart is like the Chao Phraya River! Bangkok from Chao Phraya River 2I’ve surrendered my heart to Jesus, and there are areas where he’s made something beautiful of my life. Chao Phraya River PovertyBut, there are also many places where I’m still hanging on to the way things have been done for generations…and I seem unwilling or unable to allow change. Chao Phraya River  Home in CityThe Lord loves us so much that he gives us perfect freedom to choose,
and we may prefer running our own lives to risking change,
feeling like we’re already happy and content with our status quo life… Bangkok construction of highway 2 and never able to visualize or believe that something even better could exist!Bangkok City Center from Chao Phraya RiverBut, as for me, I’m ready to leave my comfort zone Bangkok construction of highway 4 and let the Lord build whatever he wants in my life—
for his glory and the blessing of others. Lotus Blossom Grand Palace. Bangkok“He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the Lord‘s, and he hath set the world upon them” (1 Samuel 2:8).

One response to “Like Thailand’s Chao Phraya River

  1. You have certainly seen a lot of the world. Looks like you had a great time!

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