I WAS THIRSTY – And you gave me drink – Thirst and character 2
Thirst and character
I was thirsty
And you gave me a drink
One with knowledge
Gives to another
What a delight to capture these images. As with “Thirst and Character 1” We set up a bowl of sugared water on my friend Barrie’s back verandah in the flight path of the Tui. I set the camera with a 200mm lens and a 1.4 converter. So many photos to choose from. The intelligence and communication of these birds, discovering the delicacy gave me the inspiration to consider the proverb in relationship to feeding others. It is based on knowing when you’re thirsty and hungry you find food to satisfy your need. Your hunger drives you to search and satisfy a desire.
Smart, swift, alert, the Tui is primed for action. There was a magic moment as we eyed each other. They, like me, were probably wondering “What will the next move be?”
Within the knowledge of feeding and drinking, we need the wisdom to know what choice is right. We don’t want poison, hence intelligence. Tui does not know how to mix the delicacy as we do. I knew what to offer and their pleasure was free. They had to discover it. One of the family tasted the pleasure and led the rest to the feast.
Being winter, with a shortage of nectar, only intensified their hunger for a new energy source.
An allegory within the story – Tui flight canvas print
These thoughts came from many readings in “The Constitution from Heaven – The Bible”. The Bible talks about being diligent in persistence, the glory of being, food for the stomach and food for the spirit.
Watching this family of Tui (New Zealand native bird) I found their energy, purposefulness and the knowledge to know where good food is, impressive. What’s more, it was free. The only work they had to do was listen to the call and fly to the offering. A free drink. God is like that. To receive from Him knowingly you have to discover where the offering is. To partake you listen, believe it’s free to receive and let your thirst take you to the bowl of living water offered.
This principle is found in all creation, be it feeding on the good which gives life or evil which brings death. When an enthusiast discovers something that they find pleasure in they will lead willing partakers to indulge. Note: Not all leaders lead to life!
God is like that. To receive from Him knowingly you have to discover where the offering is. To partake you listen, believe it’s free to receive and let your thirst take you to the bowl of living water offered.
The principles of leadership
The story has inspirations for a business, branding design, community idea or a friends advice to find a husband or wife. The inspiration behind the ideas to motivate a person’s thoughts.
The leader inspires others to come and drink or points the way to the drink. The receiver takes inspiration from their dream to partake in their own discovery.
The principle is in all creation, be it feeding on the good which gives life, or evil which brings death. When an enthusiast discovers something that they find pleasure in they will lead willing partakers to indulge whether it is politics in New York, business in Tokyo, sport in London, history in Milan or oil drilling in Dubai.
Note: Not all leaders lead to life. In this case, one Tui was a good leader!
The Maori art symbolism
The Mangopare Shark in the Maori world symbolizes natural abundance, strength, agility, and determination.
This predators functions (symbolized in the Koru pattern as a backbone) were respected. Maori warriors sought to emulate them on the battlefield to meet their goals.
The wave motion in the design is symbolic of the backbone movement generating forward motion toward the desired prey. Finding true knowledge and wisely applying it leads to a desire fulfilled.
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,” Matthew 25:35 (NIV)
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