Angkor Wat, meaning “Temple City” is the largest religious monument in the world. Once a Hindu temple, created to worship and honor the Vishnu god of the Khmer Empire, it turned Buddhist with the changing of times around the 12thcentury.
It may not be one of the seven wonders of the world, but it does feature the set of the movie Tomb Raider AND the inspiration for the game Temple Run- 10/10 would recommend playing temple run at its birthplace.
As we toured the temples, I found myself gawking over the incredible architecture, the attention to detail and the sheer size of these temples made so long ago. From the tiniest of floral patterns in the walls and floors, to the massive heads carved in pillars of stone. It was breathtaking- I have genuinely never been more intrigued by something so huge and so extravagant.
Then something clicked in my mind.
As I ran my fingers along the walls, attempting to make out the shapes and faces that were worshiped eons ago, it hit me. All these things are man-made.
These details were added by hammer and chisel, decade after decade, and man after man after man.
Even in all the splendor and glory that they are, we serve a God that created the entirety of the Universe in seven days.
Six really if we’re getting technical.
I don’t even know that we can ever truly wrap our minds around that.
Heck, I can’t wrap my mind around the fact that I’m actually living in Asia.
What an incredible, powerful and all-mighty God we serve.
Maybe the most minute detail of these temples is actually the most prominent (and the most key) of them all…
These temples are ancient. Fallen. Ruins.
Yes, there are still people, both Khmer and tourist alike, who pray to Buddha daily throughout the temples, burn incense, take their red string bracelet and go on their merry way, but those ten thousand (+) Gods worshiped are dead.
The Gods, the Empires and the Kingdoms of the ancient world are gone- What’s left is a beautifully picturesque example of the fact that ALL other Kings and Gods of this world will fall, but we serve a God who is everlasting. Our Kingdom isn’t of this world, but waiting for us to see. And if THIS is manmade
How much MORE beautiful could the Kingdom of Heaven, handcrafted by our God, be?
For those of you who are wondering, I’m doing just fine in here Asia. We’ve been here less than a week and I’ve already fallen in love with the people, the culture, and life on mission. It’s kind of funny to step out of the role of the white tourist and into the role of a local. I’ve started to recognize the streets, make friends in town, and find favorite shop owners in the market. You learn your way around the Night Market, dance comfortably on Pub Street to John Mayer, and grab rides on tuk tuk’s like it’s your job. So if anyone is in Cambodia these next few weeks, hit me up. I’ve got the good spots to eat. Life is sweet and God is good y’all.
Much love from way out here in Cambodia 🙂
Originally posted on haydenschwarting.theworldrace.org