For the past several weeks, our prairie skies have been constantly crisscrossed by vees of migrating Canada geese. The subtle throb of beating wings is almost hidden by their constant honking, which continues from first light to coyote’s call. Apparently, the incessant honking is an encouragement to the front-flyers to keep it up.
Geese are smarter than we give them credit for. They travel in groups, having chosen the opportune time for their journey. They have a goal—finding warmer climates—and an incentive—leaving chilly temperatures behind them—that keeps them motivated. They are innately aware that they need to encourage each other, and especially those in the lead.
We are all on a journey in a sometimes-difficult life, at least one that does not promise clear sailing. We often try to go it alone, without the expertise of the more experienced or even the encouragement of those traveling in the same direction.
We tend to forget that eternity calls, reminding us of fair havens ahead.
We often fail to encourage one another en route. Encouragement is as simple as telling someone you’re praying for them, or sending a card or email note just to let them know they’re not alone.
Let’s be more like Canada geese. Let’s keep winging our way toward the goal. There’s better weather ahead and we need not fly alone.
God bless you on your journey.
II Thessalonians 2:15-17 (NIV)
“So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter. May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.”