May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. –Romans 15:5-6 NIV
Rarely do we find a sports team or a country with a wild goose as their mascot; nor is it typically used as a spiritual symbol. Animals of strength, fierceness, and intimidation are often chosen to represent the characteristics of a winning team.
Even though a wild goose does not display these characteristics, the goose does have much to offer when it comes to teaching about working together as Paul instructs us to do in Romans 15:5-6.
Flying in a “V” formation increases the geese’s flying range by 71 percent. The flapping of their wings creates an updraft for the next bird in the formation, making it easier for them all to fly. The lead goose obviously does not experience this updraft, so occasionally it needs a rest to regain and recoup its strength. To give this time of rest, another goose will temporarily take the lead.
If one of the geese tries to fly alone, it feels the strong resistance of flying solo. When a flock of geese flies overhead, we often hear a lot of cackling. The reason for this noise is to encourage the whole flock to keep moving in the right direction.
Let us encourage our leaders and those around us to keep going, and in so doing, lift each another up to reach our final destination. Remember that “V” is for victory!
Jesus, help us follow Your example. You encouraged many that otherwise would have fallen into deep discouragement.
Holy Spirit, guide us to victory over sin that weighs us down. Prompt us to encourage someone with an uplifting word today.