October 2013- Think like a goose


Led by the Spirit - Think like a Goose

On October 14, Canadians will celebrate Thanksgiving Day, a chance for all to praise God for a good harvest and the many blessings received throughout the year. Larry and I share in that gratitude as we have just completed our harvest. By God’s grace, we were able to endure early morning risings, 12-hour days, patience for breakdowns, mixed with a few meltdowns and a little whining. 

Reaping any harvest – a physical or spiritual one - requires sacrifice and teamwork. Throughout our 39 years of marriage, we have learned that without teamwork there is no production! For example, have you ever seen geese flying in a “V” formation? Have you ever wondered why?  When each goose flaps its wings it creates an uplift for the birds that follow. By flying in a “V”, the whole flock adds 71 percent greater flying range than if each bird flew alone. So if a husband and wife stand strong together as a team, uplifting one another, co-operating to achieve each others’ goals, their marriage will be strengthened. God reassures us that when two or three are gathered in His name, there He will be. Depending on God and on each other will make our journey easier until we reach our final destination. 

When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying alone, and quickly returns to its “V.” Sometimes, a husband and wife fall out of agreement, trying to become independent of each other, thinking that doing it alone might work better. Eventually, they find themselves looking for something else to be dependent upon, either another person or a chemical to lift them up instead. We are reminded to have common sense like a goose - remain in the formation as a team, unified, accepting each other, helping each other. Then together we can help others to soar higher.   

When the lead bird tires, it rotates back into the formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it. So like the geese, husbands and wives should not be afraid to take turns doing the hard tasks, sharing in leadership. We grow when we are open to be interdependent upon each other’s skills, capabilities, unique gifts, talents and resources. 

Geese honk to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. So maybe I could try honking a little more for my husband? Encouragement that is genuine and appreciative of each others’ core values. 

When a goose gets sick, wounded, or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again. Then, they launch out with another formation or catch up with the flock. This is so symbolic of the strength of a family, a flock that sticks together through thick and thin, reminding us of our marriage covenant as we vowed to God and each other to love and honour one another through sickness and in health, through good times and in bad, till death do us part.  

What an amazing revelation through God’s creation. Lord, I pray that we will continue to sow and reap in our marriages, that we might be a sign of God’s love to the world. Happy Thanksgiving.  

 October Scripture:

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NIV)

 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labour:
 If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.

Upcoming events:
Sat. Oct. 26
th, 2013 Women’s conference “Be Real”
Elim Tabernacle Free Church, Fosston, Sask.
Contact: Linda (306) 322-4565