By Fr Stephen Young
There is something so inspiring about the flight of geese as they wind their way across the morning or evening sky. Even more incredible and captures our imagination is to watch a flock in the field lift off and almost magically move from randomness into a beautiful and coordinated “V” shaped pattern.
Woven into this ancient flight plan is a deep message that reflects the “V”ictorious life promised by God to those who will follow His flight plan as presented through His Son Jesus. What lessons can we realize from these magnificent creatures?
FACT: As geese flap their wings, they create an uplift for the birds that follow. By flying in the “V” formation the whole flock adds 70% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.
LESSON: People who share a common purpose and direction; who form community, get where they are going quicker and easier. They lift each other up along the way. Encouragers!!
FACT: If a goose falls out of formation, it feels the drag and resistance of flying alone. So it quickly moves back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it.
LESSON: If we have the sense of a goose, we will stay in formation with those committed to the same direction as we are headed.
FACT: When the lead goose tires, it rotates back in the formation and another takes the point position.
LESSON: t pays to share leadership and be humble enough to let others take a leadership turn when needed.
FACT: Geese flying in formation honk to encourage one another and those up front to keep together and keep up the pace. The honking helps keep the pace and momentum.
LESSON: It is important that we “honk” and that our honking be one of encouragement.
FACT: When a goose gets sick, wounded or shot down other geese drop out of formation to follow it down to help and/or protect it. They remain until it dies or is able to fly again.
LESSON: When one of us is down, it’s up to others to stand by us in our time of trouble.
PONDER: Reflect upon these lessons from the Goose. What scriptures, parables and Biblical precepts are portrayed through their actions? In Christ and in following in His pattern we do find “V”ictory.