bangkok, to my eyes, is and always will be the same. yes, there will be new technology, high-rises and malls. but it will remain true to its identity and city life: packed streets in rush hours, polluted air and people everywhere.
yet, as always, bangkok gives me memories to cherish despite its madness. i got to walk a slum with 4 little girls and their former volunteer teacher, who is a compassion LDP graduate. they led me by hands to their favorite spots within that tight community and cheerfully jabbed away about dancing and picking new clothes. i, a woman with camera, was dragged here and there to snap the shots they wanted.
“kru mink, here, take the picture of the ducks and geese.”
“p.mink, i want to show you my favorite spot. i always come take a nap here.” (it is actually a small wooden patio roofed with wood and some plants by sewage)
“look! the fish! did you snap some shots for me?”
as i strode by the rotten-sweet garbage dump, i saw adults chilling on picnic chairs outside like you would on a warm summer day in your lawn or by a lake. random broken leather sofas were placed by the community pavement. every space was used up to hang flower “bottles”, household items and clothes. i always think that slum is one of the places rich in beauty and culture. this one is no different.
when i looked at the children, who took delight in the beauty surrounding them and was zest with life, i was humbled and reminded of this verse in the beatitudes:
“blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” (matthew 5:5)
no one is too small in the kingdom of God. in His eye, there is no difference in social status or race. if His people are willing to humble themselves before Him, even the mountains can be moved.