Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.”

When we were in Louisiana I noticed several flocks of geese flying over the church. They were flying in their usual “V” formation and appeared to have a definite destination. Where we come from we do not see this sight very often, if at all, and I must admit it was something to see. Someone raised the question as to why do they fly like they do. I did a little investigation to find out why and found that there was a Biblical principle that could be applied as a result.

By flying in formation they add 71% to their range. If one gets out of formation he begins to feel the resistance of flying alone and not getting the lift from the other geese. They immediately get back in the formation. If we Christians would learn the lesson that we really need each other and would get in step, we as well would feel the lift.

When the lead goose tires, it rotates back into the formation and another takes the point position. Would it not be great if we would be willing to help where help is needed and take turns doing the hard task so that we as well would not tire of the load?

If a goose gets sick or is shot down and does not die, two of the flock follow it down and stay with it until it is well enough to go on with the journey.

It seems that God put into these birds some principles that would be good for God’s people to employ. If a brother or sister in the church has a problem, then each of the body should have a problem, too. We must stand by each other in the difficult times and do whatever we can to help the weaker or needy brother or sister. Maybe we need to tighten up the formation.

Bro. Bill Forde