Robins and honkers — the things of spring!

Last evening, a robin with its big fat red breast sticking out landed on a peak of our roof. I have to think he was scoping out the prospect of once again building a nest on top one of the speakers on our deck. Robins have discovered that right beneath the protecting overhang is a ledge that makes a lovely and secure place for a cozy home.

This morning neither the radio nor the television is on and no CDs are playing. Yet, I’m hearing beautiful music. The second flock of geese has just flown over. They are honking boisterously as they head north in a fascinating V formation.

These are the welcoming signs of spring!

As I see people banding together to help one another prepare for rising rivers, it appears they have come up with their very own version of flying in V formation. Makes me think of Romans 12:10 which reads, “Be devoted to one another in love…”

Let’s consider what science has discovered about why geese fly in V formation for within the discovery are lessons for humanity.

As each bird flaps its wings, it creates uplift for the bird flying right behind it. By flying in V formation the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.

People who share a common direction and sense of community (as in flood fighting) can get where they are going more quickly and easily because they are traveling on the thrust of one another. There’s that Romans 12:10 again.

When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the 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.

If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are headed the same way we are and be devoted to them in love.

When the head goose gets tired it rests by rotating back and then another goose takes the point position. It makes sense for people as well, to take turns doing the demanding jobs.

Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. What do we say when we honk from behind? I hope beautiful words of encouragement for they rejuvenate!

Finally, and this is very important, when a goose gets sick or is wounded by gunshots and falls out of formation, two other geese fall out with that goose and follow it down to the ground to help and protect. Devoted in love, they stay with that fallen goose until it is able to fly or until it dies, and only then do they launch out on their own, or with another formation to catch up with their group.

May we all have the sense of a goose and may we always stand by one another and be devoted and motivated in love.

Listen! Another flock of geese is flying over. The fourth in 20 minutes. I must go see.

Until Soon

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