Monday, February 27, 2012

Our Wingmen

I heard a strange noise and wondered where it was coming from. As my dad and I walked in our neighborhood, I heard something like a coo or a gobble that didn’t match any sound I had heard before. I scanned the bushes across the street for any lurking creature. The sound came again—from the sky. A “v” of at least a dozen geese were flying north. They flew in perfect unison. Then one by one, they stopped flapping their wings to glide for a bit. The leader knew when to begin again, and all the others followed suit and resumed flapping when it was their turn.

Their combined efforts made the journey easier to bear. Perhaps you know, flying in a “v” formation allows the geese to share the air current made by the birds in front.* They don’t have to use as much energy, enabling them to fly farther than if they were on their own. Perhaps you don’t know, it’s possible for a flock to fly 1,500 miles (2,414 kilometers) in a 24-hour period.** That’s about the mileage distance between Dallas, TX and New York City, almost half of the country. It would take us the same amount of time to drive it. Can you imagine something as small as a goose flying that far in twenty-four hours? It seems like an impossible task, but they do it together.

We’re stronger together than apart. Like the geese who depend on each other to fly better and farther, we need each other for support and encouragement. God gives us “wingmen” to share life’s journey. When we grow in Godliness together and serve God alongside each other, we can “fly” farther and faster than on our own. When we grow tired and need a rest, someone else can pick up the slack and help us. We can be there for them, too. It may be challenging at times to find such people, but God can direct us to them. I’m grateful for the friends and family I get to “fly” with, and I hope to be a trustworthy wingman to them. Treasure those whom God has given you to share life’s journey. Treasure your wingmen!

“Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ … that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel” (Philippians 1:27 NKJV).

* Fact 3 of 16.
**Ibid. Fact 11 of 16.

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