Thursday, 19 March 2015

V Formation by Susan L.

  A small flock of half a dozen seagulls flew overhead a few moments ago. Their brilliant white plumage gleamed in the morning sun against an incredibly blue sky. What drew my attention to them was the fact they were flying in a V like ducks and geese do. This may not be out of the ordinary or maybe it is. I don't think I've seen that many in that kind of formation before. Usually they are scattered throughout the sky.
  Maybe they've learned something from the geese.
  Thanks to National Geographic shows, I know why they fly in the V. The lead bird breaks through the forces of wind and air. A current of air swirls behind the bird that the followers use for added lift and so on down the line. They barely need to move their wings to stay aloft because of the trail blazer. When the leader gets tired, another bird takes its place. The energy conservation that results from the V means it's easier to fly the distance.
  There have been many human trailblazers as well. There are those who's ground breaking work created a recovery based way of dealing with mental health. Others continue to nurture and improve the seeds of these ideas. There are the great scientists, from the first one who created fire to those who discovered and harnessed electricity. Inventors who harnessed steam to power motors came before those who gave us the diesel engine and the space shuttle.  Moses, King David, Mathew and the other disciples have left a legacy of language in a Book that provides millions with comfort and encouragement. Everything around us has its own story of creation with leaders who lifted others to make something better, to build upon their efforts. When they grew tired, others have stepped in to fill their place.
  And Jesus. Although I am not sure how "proper" it is to compare Him to a goose but He is truly the wind beneath our wings. Best of all, we are the flock of a Trailblazer who never tires. In Him, the V is for victory!
  "And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them saying, "This is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me." Likewise He also took the cup after supper saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you."" Lk 22:19-20


  1. I've always enjoyed that picture of leadership - how one goose goes out in front and then another can take it's place and carry on. I had also heard that the honking you hear as they fly by in their "V" is encouragement. It is a lovely thought if true.

    1. A friend e-mailed me to share that the goose is the Celtic symbol of the Holy Spirit.