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Water of Life

Cannonball Jellyfish washed up on a beach, photo credit: William Wise

[Originally published on William Wise Photography]

Waves at low tide and a stranded Cannonball Jelly (Stomolophus meleagris) on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Why are scientists always looking for water on other planets? Because life can’t exist without water! NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory writes, “Liquid water is a necessity for every form of life known. With this in mind, scientists are eagerly searching for liquid water in places other than Earth.”

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Each creature on this planet requires different amounts of water for survival. The Kangaroo Rat never drinks, but gets all the water it needs from eating seeds. And we all know about the famous camel that can trek across the hot deserts for months without taking a drink.

​On the opposite end of the spectrum, the jellyfish not only lives in water, but is nearly entirely composed of water. This squishy ocean creature is about 95% water and 5% organic material. When you see a jellyfish stranded on the beach, he will soon disappear under the hot sun, evaporating into the sky.Beached Jellyfish near sandaled feet

When you see a jellyfish stranded on the beach, he will soon disappear under the hot sun…

We humans require about 2.5 quarts of water per day. Without it, our blood thickens as we become dehydrated and we quickly die. You could probably last over a month without food, but won’t make it a week without water!

​Even though some animals require far less water than humans, the truth remains that all animals will eventually die if they go without the water that they need. God did this to demonstrate to us that without Him, we would die.

In several of Jesus’ sermons, he referred to Himself as the water that everyone must have. As He stood in the Temple in Jerusalem, he shouted to the crowds, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink” (John 7:37). Just as water is essential to life on this planet, Jesus is essential to eternal life. ​ Without Him, we wither and die. Drink of the fountain of living water and receive eternal life!Cannonball Jelly in waves, photo credit: William Wise

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Written by William Wise

Hi, I’m wildlife photographer and nature writer William Wise. I was saved under a campus ministry while studying wildlife biology at the University of Georgia. My love of the outdoors quickly turned into a love for the Creator and His works. I’m currently an animal shelter director and live in Athens, Georgia with my wife and two teenage daughters, who are all also actively involved in ministry. Creation Speaks is my teaching ministry that glorifies our Creator and teaches the truth of creation. William Wise Nature Notes is my wildlife and birding photo blog documenting the beauty, design and wonder of God’s creation. I am also a guest author at Lee’s Birdwatching Adventures and The Creation Club . -- "What a wildly wonderful world, God! You made it all, with Wisdom at Your side, made earth overflow with your wonderful creations." Psalms 104, The Message.

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