God, Suffering and the mysterious birthplace of the Chiru - John Van Sloten

April 26, 2009

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryWhen the renowned Old Testament sufferer Job questioned God regarding the reason for his suffering, God replied with these words...

"Do you know when the mountain goats give birth? Do you watch when the doe bears her fawn? Do you count the months till they bear? Do you know the time they give birth? They crouch down and bring forth their young; their labor pains are ended. Their young thrive and grow strong in the wilds; they leave and do not return.”
God to Job in Job 39:1-4

“For us the mystery makes the migration even more compelling. For two days we follow the Chiru northward, crossing the border into Xin-Jiang and leaving the animal’s safe haven in the Chang Tang Reserve. Mile after mile as I pull my rickshaw, I play Ravel’s Bolero, over and over in my mind. Germans call this an ear-worm – when you have a song stuck in your head – but this worm doesn’t bother me. “Bolero” seems perfect for pulling carts at 17,000 feet across central Asia.”
Rick Ridgeway, The Remote Chang Tang, National Geographic, April 2003

“GOD then confronted Job directly:
"Now what do you have to say for yourself? Are you going to haul me, the Mighty One, into court and press charges?"
Job answered:
"I'm speechless, in awe—words fail me.
I should never have opened my mouth!
I've talked too much, way too much.
I'm ready to shut up and listen."
Job 40:1-5

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