The Flying V Congregation
By Roberto Padron
Good Morning Church, I hope we’re doing great and are happy and ready to be here. Thank Manuel for a great job!!! (It takes a lot for someone to come up with a good theme and/or message, never the less 3 of them) (Manuel not going to be there) Thank you Manuel getting us focused on God’s goodness and how we can draw form that goodness and learn for it. Indeed, we can learn a great deal from God.
God has a very close connection with the animals that occupy this earth. He takes good care of them and believe it or not he has very similar expectations for animals that he does for us people. For example:
13 for all the firstborn are mine. When I struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, I set apart for myself every firstborn in Israel, whether man or animal. They are to be mine. I am the LORD.”
7 Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, 8 lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding, 9 you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, 10 wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds, 11 kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers on earth, 12 young men and maidens, old men and children. 13 Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.
So we can be sure God’s expectation is for all of us here on earth is the same whether we think of ourselves to be an evolved overgrown monkey, or just plain human. It doesn’t matter. But we are going to be looking at one aspect of the animal kingdom, and that aspect is going to be how we relate to them (the animals). We share this world with countless types of animals and creatures created by God. God has also given them unique and very interesting abilities. And because there is so many of them we only have time to look at one species today. We are going to be taking a quick glance at the domestic geese or better known as the Canada goose. There are other types but let’s make it relatable since we are in Canada.
6 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!
Solomon speaks to us and he is telling us we can learn from the animals around us, Solomon being the wisest man in the bible second to Jesus of course says to look at the
Qualities of the creatures living around us and imitate them. I only have to 2 points today the first one being the flying V formation, and the second is the flying V congregation.
The Flying V Formation
The Canadian geese can be found across Canada, North America, and Northern Europe living near large body of waters such as lakes, rivers, and ponds. There are at least 10 different variations of this bird in the world. During summer they live in the in the north or more template regions of the northern hemisphere. But when green leaves turn and flood the ground with a brown blanket it usually indicates the coming of an annual and most interest thing. With winterish winds coming from the North West many species of animals prepare themselves to achieve one of the most amazing spectacles on earth. Migration!
The Canadian goose is no stranger to this, every year the Canada goose sets of to find warmer and more suitable climate during the gruesome and bitter cold of the Canadian winter. They go south to as far as Mexico and Japan. The Canadian goose and other migratory birds fly in a distinctive V shape. THE FLYING V. I want to look at this formation a little closer. And why, why would we look at the flying V?
One of our duties as citizens of this earth is to watch over the animals. Scientists say and have come to agree that the flying V formation is something very peculiar but very extraordinary. It is said the geese are an autonomous flock, a flock with no real leader but instead are more of a communal bird. When the time comes every bird knows what is to happen. They set flight to the horizons and usually flying in a V shape. Depending on the size of the flock there might be a three, or four, or five sub groups all leaving relatively around the same time. This is the part I like. Why do they fly in a V shape formation? The lead bird flies little lower that the rest of the birds, as the V gets longer the birds are flying a bit higher than the one in front of them. They do this in order to catch the lift created by the flapping of their wings, the farther from the front the less flapping you have to do. They do this in order to rest their muscles and their wings and catch their strength. When the lead is tired it just simply falls back to the end of the line. What an amazing animal. Can you see God’s innovation? The Geese can fly up to 70% farther than other birds, like the eagle, or the hawk, or vultures… on a good day they can fly up to a 1000 miles a day.
Do you know how far that is? That is from Fort McMurray to Medicine Hat and back again in the same day. It would take us about 20 hours driving to cover that much distance. These birds are awesome. They work together for the greater good of the flock. When it’s too cold and their food is scarce they fly to warmer place where the food is more abundant. How cool is that?
Flying V Congregation
Let us turn to the book of Romans…
Now, I know I have rambled about geese and animals long enough, and you are probably wondering what does any of this got to do with us. Well I have to say it has a lot to do with us. And by the title alone we can take a guess of where this is heading. God created all of us and to us he had given many qualities and it’s not surprising that we share a lot in common. We share a sense of structure, community and belonging. Just like the geese, we have the ability to work together, and to learn from one another. We can be great because we are great. God created us and there is nothing that can take that away from us.
Romans 8:37-39, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Let us take ownership of who we are and make something out of what we can do. We are part of God’s church, and God’s church moves forward. In the words of Gordon Ferguson we are not here to play church, we are here to worship and to proclaim God’s gospel of salvation which is the death and resurrection of Christ.
Let us spend some time in chapter 12 ( ROMAN’S)
Romans 12:1 1Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual[