If you are like me and enjoy an evening of Animal Planet or Discovery, you know that there are so many things we can learn from studying and observing nature.
After reading this article about the "team and communal nature' of geese I realized that these lessons from geese could easily be applied to the Christian community. For instance...
1) As each goose flaps its wings it creates an "uplift" for others that follow. As a result, the whole flock adds 71 percent more flying range in V-formation than when flying alone.
What is the lesson for us as Christians? We can and should assist each other along. We can do more when we do it together. (Eccl. 4:12). We need each other. That is how God created us. Therefore it is important to belong to a community of faith. We aren't designed to be "loner" Christians.
2) When a goose gets out of the flying formation, it encounters more drag from the wind.
But when it returns to the formation it can take advantage of the uplift of others. The lesson? We need the mutual encouragement and accountability of one another. The body of Christ is supposed to share life together, serve and help one another (Acts 2:42-47) and bear one another's burdens (Gal. 6:2)
3) In the v-formation of geese, when the lead goose gets tired it falls back into the formation and another goose leads. The lesson? The church is not only a staging area where the saints are equipped and sent out, it also serves as a hospital. Sometimes a person needs to fall back into the church community and let others lead while they get recharged and find healing.
4) Geese honk while in flight to encourage those in front to keep up speed. The lesson? Make sure you honk at people in the church parking lot to hurry up so that everyone can get to Perkins on time for the after church brunch! Just kidding...rather we need to speak to one another with encouraging words. Way to go! Encourage each other's giftedness. (1 Cor 12) We need to speak words of encouragement and affirmation to another. (Col. 3:15-17)
5) When a goose gets sick or wounded and falls, two geese stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again. The lesson? We need to take care of the sick, the widows and orphans. (James 1:27) We are called to stand by each other in hard times as well as good times. There are people who come to our church that need extra support, patience and grace. Christ's church is suppose to be the place for the hurting and the wounded.