It won't be long till the geese are headed south for the winter. Science teaches us that they fly in a "V" formation for specific reasons. As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock ads at least 71 percent greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.
When we as Christians bond together and travel in the same direction it is much easier to get where we are going. Why? Because we are traveling with the
strength of each other.
If a goose falls out of formation, it will quickly feel the drag and the resistance of trying to fly alone. It learns quickly to get back into formation with his flock!
We too will lag behind when we try to do things on our own. Each member of the body of Christ Jesus has a specific job to do. Still, we must all learn to work together to achieve our goals.
When the head goose tires, it will rotate back in the wing and another goose will fly front point. The geese in the back often honk to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
I've heard it said that only 10% of the churches membership do 100% of the work. I don't believe this is God's plan, I believe He would have us all share the work load evenly! And, we are always to be ready when someone in our flock needs encouragement!
Question to Ponder: What kind of message are you and I sending to the front of the flock?
Most importantly, when one goose is sick or is wounded by gunshot and falls out of formation, two other geese will fall out and join that goose to follow and lend help and protection. They will stay with the fallen goose until it is able to fly or until it dies; only then will they launch out on their own or with another formation to catch up with their own flock.
If this isn't a true picture of God's mercy and love, for even the geese know to help and be there for one another. Only when we have a heart of love for each other will we learn to stand by each other like the geese!
By ourselves we lack protection. With family or friends we can stand firm when trials come. And... if we can find a third person who is understanding we are even stronger, because a three-stranded rope isn't easily snapped.
It is a precious gift to have someone by our side when we are going through trials and tribulations. No one can face affliction alone, without battle scars of defeat and mistrust! God has given us a heart for empathy and compassion, we must not ignore the Holy Spirit's leading to reach out to someone.
Each of us has his own morsel of mercy and kindness within. When we use that compassion we will see it increase and before long encouragement becomes a blessing not only to those we reach out to... but to ourselves!
No one escapes trials or heartaches on our journey through life. We need also be quick and sincere to "give thanks" when someone is charitable and attentive to our own needs.
Joy, faith and love are gifts that are free to give and receive! However, they must be used, if we wish to cultivate a heart of Christ within ourselves.
My friend, reach out to someone... to anyone today and see if that love doesn't return to you with bounty! If geese have learned the benefits of loving and caring for one another... how much more should we as Christians?! We just need to "Think Geese!"