Chaplain’s Corner


Larry Williamson

Canada Geese November

If anyone is detected in a transgression, you who have received the Spirit should restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness. Galatians 6:1

Canada geese winter in Waverly, and we often see them flying overhead, always in a V formation. As I watched I was overwhelmed by the perfect plan and grace of God. The large flock traveled in unity, accepting the hardship of one. When he became tired, and dropped back in line, another took his place of leadership. Some strayed out of formation, but quickly rejoined the group. It is my understanding that such a formation adds 71 percent to their range capability because of the lessened wind resistance. Furthermore, when the lead goose gets tired and drops out of the point position, another goose immediately takes its place. When a goose becomes ill or is wounded and drops to the ground, two other geese leave the formation to help and protect it. They stay with it until it is either able to fly again or dies. Only then do they continue their flight. What a pattern for the church to follow! We can accomplish much more by encouraging one another as we follow those in leadership positions, as Christ directs them. When leaders get tired and need to temporarily drop out of the flock, how important it is for others to show their care by continuing to include that brother or sister as a friend until reconciliation takes place!

If God prepares the instincts of geese so perfectly, how much greater is his plan for us, his special flock.