The parrot and the birdbath

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

During the recent heat wave everyone, it seems, was looking for a way to beat the torrid temperatures — including the birds.

One day, as the mercury soared into the 40s, I was watching a parrot perched on a post in our backyard.

Its tail feathers were shaking, and it looked tired and thirsty.

Some 15 metres away, in the shade, was our bird bath.

Thinking out loud I said, “You silly old bird. Why don’t you just fly over for a drink and a bath?’’

If I had gone out and spoken to the creature, it would likely have fled in a panic.

If only I could speak ‘parrot’.

This reminds me of our human thirst.

‘‘My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?’’ (Psalm 42:2).

Like that wilted parrot perched on the post, if only God would come to us and speak to us in a language we can understand. Perhaps we might find the fountain that might quench our thirst.

We don’t have to go looking very far. For God has come to us in the person of Jesus Christ.

The Son Of God came and camped with us in history for about 33 years.

He pointed to the water that will quench our soul’s thirst.

Those who believe in Him and receive Him into their lives find themselves drinking deeply from the well of life.

The next time you see a parrot or a magpie dragging along in search of some relief from the heat, may it remind you that God knows of your thirst and has sent Jesus to quench it, for now and forever.

~ Contributed by Pastor Jack Lindquist of Saint Andrew’s Uniting Church, on behalf of the Combined Churches of Deniliquin.