“Where were you all this while?” The king questioned.
They never answered. With a smile suppressing satisfaction, one by one they bowed before their king.
One among them, who held a mud pot stretched it out to the king as if they had brought something valuable than precious gems.
The king’s blood congealed as if hit by lightning shaped like a fork while his eyes became like a well.
Troop of the enemies were encamped in the valley. Earlier, at harvest time, three of the thirty chief men came to meet the king of Judah at the cave. The three men entered the stronghold desiring to have a crucial consultation with their king concerning their next move while the garrison of the enemy was then stationed somewhere nearby.
The supply of drinking water got exhausted. These three men were much more than suicide bombers of today waiting just for a gesture from their king. As soldiers these three men of valour besides being aware of contingency moments were also taught and trained for facing anticipated as well as unforeseen hardships.
For days inside the cave the king lived without food and his physical system could endure it. However, when there was no water, even a king became like a common man. He knew he position of is enemies as well as from where e could get water supply. The enemies were near the well.
He expressed his desire openly without considering the consequences. “Oh! How I wish someone would get me a drink of the water from the well, which is by the gate!” Although thirsty, the king continued giving orders to his other soldiers besides working on other defending strategies.
Meanwhile, updated of the risks that lie ahead of them, the three mighty men vouched to undertake a dangerous trip together for fulfilling the basic need for survival of their king. They broke through the enemy camp. Covering vast areas of fields were barley was harvested and drew water from the well that was by the gate as informed by the king. They brought water in a mud pot which he longed for.
The king rejoiced in his spirit over the act of those three valiant men who served him. But the next moment a shiver went down his spine even as he held the pot of water in his hands. Water appeared as blood – blood of those three mighty men who went in jeopardy of their lives for quenching his thirst.
The king gazed at the water in is hands and heaved a sigh. Controlling his strong physical urge, he poured it out to the Lord. He said, “Far be it from me. O Lord, that I should drink this water! Have not these three men considered my thirst important than their lives? How on earth can I partake of this?”
The three men trembled as never before in their lives.
Tears of mixed emotions trickled. Such is the strong bonding that strengthened the sovereign king David and his soldiers. The unshakeable mountain was moved by the mighty act of his followers even a he embraced them.
Today, who will quench the spiritual thirst of Jesus Christ? If you are a soldier serving Christ, how would you react?
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