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Wisdom from migrating geese

Dear Friends,
It may not commonly recognized, however God has built lessons of wisdom into the behaviors and activities of His Creatures of Nature..lessons which He commands us to examine discover and learn from and emulate. One of the first such lessons that I came across in scripture is the lessons of the behavior of ants. Consider the following verses...

Prov 6:6-11 (TLB) 
Take a lesson from the ants, you lazy fellow. Learn from their ways and be wise! {7} For though they have no king to make them work, {8} yet they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter. {9} But you--all you do is sleep. When will you wake up? {10} "Let me sleep a little longer!" Sure, just a little more! {11} And as you sleep, poverty creeps upon you like a robber and destroys you; want attacks you in full armor.

And here is a little additional insight from the reference,  The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, on the subject...

"The ant has been famous in all ages for its social habits, foresight, economy and industry.  Collecting their food at the proper seasons, they bite off the ends of the grain to prevent it from germinating, and lay it up in cells till needed. "

See the following verses for other examples of exemplary animal behavior:    
Pr 1:17 Job 12:7,8 Isa 1:3 Mt 6:26 

Keeping all these things in mind, please consider the following article about the famous V-shaped flight pattern of geese.  And keep alert as you watch the little creatures around may be surprised to find that sometimes they are a lot wiser than we..

In bob........<><


The Flying "V"
 By Angeles Arrien  
This Fall, when you see geese heading south for the winter
 flying along in V formation, you might consider what science 
has discovered as to why they fly that way. 

As each bird flaps it's wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in V formation, the whole flock has at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on it's own. 

People who share a common direction and sense of common purpose 
can get where they are going more quickly and easily 
because they are traveling on the thrust of one another. 

When a goose flies out of formation, it suddenly feels that drag and resistance of trying to go it alone and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front. 

It is harder to do something alone than together. 

When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back into  the formation, 
and another goose flies point at the head. 

It is sensible to take turns doing demanding jobs. 
Shared leadership and interdependence give us each a chance 
to lead as well as opportunities to rest. 

The geese in formation honk from behind 
to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. 

What do we say when we honk from behind? We need to make sure our honking is encouraging and not discouraging. 

Finally, and this is important, when a goose gets sick or wounded and falls out of  formation, two other geese will fall out with that goose and follow it down to lend help and protection. They stay with the fallen goose until it is able to fly or it dies, and only then do they launch out on their own, or with another formation to catch up with their flock. 

If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by our colleagues and each other in difficult times as well as in good. 


--Bible Verses to Ponder--

Job 12:7-10 (TLB)
 "Who doesn't know that the Lord does things like that?
 {8} Ask the dumbest beast--he knows that it is so;
 ask the birds--they will tell you;
 {9} or let the earth teach you, or the fish of the sea.
 {10} For the soul of every living thing is in the hand of God, 
and the breath of all mankind.

Eccl 4:9-10 (KJV) 
Two are better than one; 
because they have a good reward for their labour. 
{10} For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow:
 but woe to him that is alone when he falleth;
 for he hath not another to help him up.

Gen 2:18 (TLB) 
And the Lord God said,
"It isn't good for man to be alone;
I will make a companion for him,
a helper suited to his needs."

1 Cor 12:4-7 (TLB) 
Now God gives us many kinds of special abilities, 
but it is the same Holy Spirit who is the source of them all.
 {5} There are different kinds of service to God, 
but it is the same Lord we are serving.
 {6} There are many ways in which God works in our lives, 
but it is the same God who does the work
 in and through all of us who are his. 
{7} The Holy Spirit displays God's power through each of us 
as a means of helping the entire church.

Gal 6:1-2 (TLB) 
Dear brothers,
 if a Christian is overcome by some sin,
 you who are godly should gently and humbly 
help him back onto the right path, 
remembering that next time 
it might be one of you who is in the wrong. 
{2} Share each other's troubles and problems, 
and so obey our Lord's command.

Heb 10:24-25 (TLB) 
In response to all He has done for us, 
let us outdo each other in being helpful and kind to each other 
and in doing good. 
{25} Let us not neglect our church meetings, as some people do,
but encourage and warn each other,
especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near.


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