THIRST AND CHARACTER 1 – I was thirsty and you gave me drink
Tui feeding flight
Thirst and character
It is thirsty
And you gave me drink
One with knowledge
Gives to another
What a delight to capture these images. As with “Thirst and Character 2” we set up a bowl of sugared water on my friend Barrie’s back verandah which was in the flight path of the Tui. I set the camera with a 200mm lens + 1.4 converter and watched the action. So many photos to choose from, but the intelligence and sharpness of these birds, once they knew the delicacy was for them, gave me the inspiration to consider the proverb in relationship to feeding others.
Smart, swift, alert, the Tui is primed for action. I had a moment as we eyed each other. They, like me, were probably wondering “What will the next move be?” The inspiration was based on knowing when you’re thirsty and hungry, where do you find food to satisfy your need. Your hunger will drive you to search for food and drink.
Within the knowledge of feeding and drinking, you need to have the wisdom to know what to choose rightly so you don’t touch what’s poisonous, hence intelligence. They did not know how to mix the delicacy like we did. Because I had been instructed and knew what to offer what they enjoyed their pleasure was free but they had to discover it was already there. One of their members found it and led the rest to the pleasure. Also, being winter with a short food supply of nectar from flowers in bloom made their hunger for a new energy source more intense.
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 and drink freely. 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 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!
When an enthusiast discovers something they find pleasure in they will lead willing partakers to indulge in the feast. Note: Not all leaders lead to life!
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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