Grace began this Chronicle by asking me a simple question. Why do geese fly in a “v” formation? I sat there thinking about it and admitted to Grace that I had no idea. At that point Grace stated: The reason geese fly in a “v” formation is fellowship. Fellowship is something COG’s need to think about, if COG’s are ever to overcome their natural inclination to consider themselves an island.
Five behaviors of fellowship, COG’s should learn from geese:
One: If you watch geese you will notice that as each bird flaps it’s wings, it creates an updraft for the bird following. By flying in a “v” formation, the whole flock working together doubles the flying distance that the geese cover, versus one bird flying solo.
Two: Whenever a goose falls out of formation, the sudden drag and resistance of trying to fly alone, causes the goose to quickly find it’s way back into formation, to take advantage of the lifting power of the group of geese immediately in front.
Three: When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies to the point position.
Four: The geese in the formation honk from behind to encourage those geese in the front to keep up their speed.
Five: When a goose gets sick, wounded or shot down, two geese drop out of the formation and follow the fallen comrade down to the ground, to help and protect it. They stay with it until it is able to fly again or dies. Then they launch out on their own, with another formation, or fly to catch up with their flock.
Five lessons in fellowship learned from geese:
Lesson One: People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the tailwind of one another.
Lesson Two: If COG’s had as much sense as a goose, we would stay in formation with those who are headed where we want to go, and learn to accept the help of those who are out in front, as well as offer our help to those who follow behind us.
Lesson Three: It pays to help with the hard problems and share leadership. Once COG’s learn that all COG’s are interdependent upon one another, life is much more fulfilling, and a lot more fun, (More on interdependence in later Chronicles).
Lesson Four: Honking from the back seat needs to be encouraging, anything else is just a lot of noise.
Lesson Five: If all COG’s had as much sense as geese, COG’s would learn that standing by each other, in difficult times is much more important, than being a fair weather friend to each other in good times.
Who ever thought such valuable life lessons could be learned from as goose?
So say Grace.
Grace be with you.