Life, death and a stack of stones

rock stacks in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand

Stacks of rocks in Phataem, Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand

Yesterday I went adventuring in Ubon Ratchathani, the Thai province in which I have been living for the past 8 months. We saw many beautiful natural phenomena (see my facebook page for pictures) and it was amazing. At almost every location I noticed these stone structures pictured right. I asked my Thai friend about them and she explained that the stones were stacked there by Thai persons, the belief being that if your stack of stones remained standing for a long time then you would live for a long time. But if your stack somehow fell over, you were going to die soon.

It is amazing how across, culture and race and continent, there seems to be a common aim to somehow control death or at least the timing of it.

“So Satan answered the Lord and said “Skin for skin! Yes all that a man has he will give for his life. But stretch out your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh and he will surely curse You to Your face.” – Job 2:3,4

I’ve been reading about Job and his trial and I keep thinking that most people can survive the loss of things, but the threat to health and life is what seems to push us over the edge. In these times knowing that the true source of all life is God our heavenly Father is invaluable. It may not make death any less myseterious, or even allay its coming, but it gives us peace knowing that if we are connected to Him our life has a power that is stronger than death.

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