08 February 2007
Have you ever wondered why migrating geese fly in a V formation? As with most animal behavior, God had a good reason for including that in their instincts.
As each bird flaps its wings, it creates uplift for the bird following. In a V formation, the whole flock adds at least 71% more flying range than if each bird flew alone.
Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to fly alone…and quickly gets back into formation.
Like geese…people who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier than those who try to go it alone.
When a goose gets tired, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies at the point position. If people had as much sense, they would realize that, ultimately, their success depends on working as a team, taking turns doing the hard tasks, and sharing leadership.
Geese in the rear of the formation honk to encourage those up front to up their speed. It is important that out “honking from behind” be encouraging. Otherwise, it is—well—honking.
When a goose gets sick or wounded, two other geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help and provide protection. They stay with the unhealthy member of the flock until it is either able to fly again or dies.
Then they launch out again with another passing flock or try to catch up with their own. May we be so sacrificial that we may be worthy of such friends in our time of need.
You don’t have to be a scientist to learn from God’s marvelous creation; you only need to stop long enough to observe and let God reveal His wonders to you.
“Ask the beasts, and they will teach you; and the birds of the air, and they will tell you, or speak to the earth, and it will teach you; and the fish of the sea will explain to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this?” (Job 12:7-9)