A very thirsty koala rescued from the Australian wildfires has become a star on video-sharing website YouTube, providing much-needed relief from the disaster that has killed more than 180 people, see here.

Firefighter Dave Tree stumbled across the female marsupial, nicknamed Sam, as he was battling blazes in Victoria state and was amazed when the parched animal guzzled down water from a bottle as he held her scorched paw.

While the video has generated much responses from people all over the world, I wonder if it has to do with the Koalas’ cuddly appearance. Will  “plain” human beings in need of water generate as much interest?

Unfortunately, I doubt so.

Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”

“Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.”   John 4:13-15

Many people out there are crying out in search of this water in their desperate thirst. A thirst they cannot explain, they cannot understand, an inner thirst they can only cover but not satisfied. That thirst is a thirst for God, a thirst to know the one true living God.  As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?   Psalms 42:1-2

By God’s amazing grace, many of us have found this water. This water that is new and refreshing every morning, a constant source of bubbling spring within, an unlimited source of love, strength, hope and faith; a quiet affirmation that will never stop for eternity. The water that quenched our thirst forever, and we will never be thirsty again.

Most of us will not find it difficult to give this poor koala bear a drink of our water; some would jump at that ideal in great eager, going all the way to Australia. On the other hand,  “Please, sir, give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again.”   But will you give this water to your fellow human beings, people who is close around you, who desperately seek to satisfy their consuming thirst? Would you offer to give them this water?

Give Me Water, water droplets in the shower - o.k. bokeh

But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest. The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike! You know the saying, ‘One plants and another harvests.’ And it’s true. I sent you to harvest where you didn’t plant; others had already done the work, and now you will get to gather the harvest.”   John 4:35-38

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  1. Amy says:

    King David,
    I saw this story of the Koala bear on the News last night. To me, it is a beautiful glimpse of how humans and animals will be together, reside in harmony with one another in the New Eternal World after Christ’s second coming. To me, this brings me so much joy! To ride a lion, a gazelle…to swim with a dolphin, to slide down a giraffe’s neck…both of us laughing…some day. Animal and man were meant to live in harmony. As well, I am looking forward to the day when both animal and man will no longer have to kill, to obtain meat for food.

    As in this post, indeed, the Truest thirst is that of the Spiritual. Christ is the One who provides and nourishes. And He does it sooo well.

    Beautiful post, David.

    Blessings,
    ~Amy 🙂

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