Interesting facts about the winning ways of geese have been known for sometime. Their natural response to “life” situations provide insight and indicate divine purpose.
Fact: As geese flap their wings, they create an uplift for the birds that follow. By flying in a “V” formation, their flying range is increased by 71 percent as compared to solo flight.
Lesson: People who share a common direction and sense of community get to where they are going easier by lifting each other along the way.
Fact: If a goose falls out of formation, it feels the drag and resistance of flying alone. It quickly moves back into formation taking advantage of the lift from the bird in front of it.
Lesson: If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those headed where we want to go.
Fact: When the head goose tires, it falls back into the formation and another goose flies to the lead position.
Lesson: It pays to share leadership and take turns doing the hard work.
Fact: Geese flying in formation honk to encourage those up front, maintaining progress.
Lesson: Our honking should be encouraging; otherwise it is distracting noise.
Fact: When a goose gets sick, wounded, or shot down, two geese drop out of formation following it down to help and protect. They stay until it dies or is able to fly again.
Lesson: When one is down, others should stand by in time of trouble.
The Rev. Paul Killingsworth serves as pastor at Yuma First Assembly.