The Flight of Geese
One of the most difficult things in the world for men to do is to ask for help. Be it directions or roofing your house, we have a tendency to believe we can handle it without anybody or anything helping us. Can I tell ya, just in typing that statement I see the stupidity in believing it as a truth. We were not meant to do life alone in any endeavor.
I remember having a talk with our youngest son in January of 2013. We were at the local Kroger gas station filling up the motorhome after our trip to Texas and Oklahoma to pick up and install our new satellite dish. Some months earlier, He had broken up with a girl he had dated for several years and was going to marry.
He was frustrated by his desire to find that special person in his life and had started dating a friend. He knew it was not going to work, but persisted. I recommended he step back from the dating scene and wait on the Lord to provide. After a few more weeks, he decided to do just that. He concentrated on his work and his hobbies. In August he met the love of his life. She is the perfect match for him…I have never seen him happier and we could not be happier for the both of them. Their wedding is in December.
If you find yourself being anxious for the next place or person or thing in your life, then step back and take it to Poppa. Paul tells us in Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
The Flight of Geese
by Os Hillman
“Also in Judah the hand of God was on the people to give them unity of mind to carry out what the king and his officials had ordered, following the word of the Lord.” – 2 Chronicles 30:12
A major corporation conducted a study on the flight of geese. In their study they found that geese fly in a “V” formation with one goose in the lead. After a period of time, this goose relinquishes the lead to another goose. During flight they noticed head movements of the leader that seem to give signals to the other geese flying, perhaps to let the others know how he was doing. They estimate that the formation flight pattern reduces wind drag due to the lift the other birds receive and believe it increases their performance by up to 70 percent. Whenever one goose drops out, another goes with it. These two geese do not catch up to the original pack, but join another group later.
Independence is one of the strongholds of the workplace. The entire system feeds the desire within us to gain recognition from our individual achievements. We wrongly believe financial independence frees us from needing to depend on anyone else. The fact is dependence on others is a good thing. It can bring us into a unity of spirit that accomplishes much more with less effort while meeting needs for each of us. Christ talked a lot about unity among brothers and sisters. He said that others would know we are Christians by our love for one another and by our unity. We need to depend on others so that we don’t go it alone. By walking together we increase our strength. By going it alone we must carry a load we were never intended to carry. God did not create us to go it alone. By joining together we accomplish more for Jesus Christ. Ask the Lord today if there is an independent spirit within you that prevents you from joining others in the mission He has called you to.