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Have you ever wondered why geese fly in a V formation? As with most animal behavior, God had a good reason for including that in their instincts. As each bird flaps its wings, it creates uplift for the bird following. In a V formation, the whole flock adds at least 71% more flying range than if each bird flew alone. Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to fly alone. Like geese, people who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier than those who try and go at it alone. When a goose gets tired, it rotates to the back of the formation and another goose flies at the point position. If people had as much sense as geese, they would realize that ultimately their success depends on working as a team, taking turns during the hard tasks, and sharing leadership. Geese in the rear of the formation honk to encourage those up front to increase their speed. It’s important that our honking from behind be encouraging, otherwise it’s just honking. When a goose gets sick or wounded, two other geese drop out of formation and follow it down to provide protection. They stay with the unhealthy member of the flock until they are able to fly again. Then they launch out with another passing flock or try to catch up with their own. May we be so sacrificial that we may be worthy of such friends in our times of need. You don’t have to be a scientist to figure out God’s great creation, you only need to stop long enough to observe and let God reveal His wonders to you. “But ask the wild animals, and they will teach you. Ask the birds of the heavens and let them tell you. Or speak to the earth and let it teach you. Let the fish of the sea make it known to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this.” Job 12:7-9

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