You’ve all heard “when you see the Canadian geese flying south – then you know it’s winter”. I’m just not sure I’ve witnessed this occurrence like I have this last week. I‘ve seen movies about the geese flying south for years. Even saw a documentary on them one year, but have never seen the phenomenon up close and personal.
We were out on Thanksgiving day taking a walk on a nearby famous hiking and biking trail. We heard a loud HONKING noise, looked up and there they were – about 25 of them flying in a V-formation and heading south. We said to each other – “NOW we can know for sure that winter has officially begun”. But today while getting ready for the day – I heard them outside my window and down the street. Noisy little creatures, aren’t they? And I thought to myself, I guess winter hasn’t come? It’s sure COLD enough!
What makes some of them leave and others stay? I was recently reading an article about a town up north where the geese had already migrated and very early – like August 1st kind of early! It is a mystery. Maybe it was lack of food. Maybe it was already too cold. Maybe it was just pure instinct and you and I will never be able to predict it. But the geese know.
God our Heavenly Father and creator of the universe – made those crazy noisy geese. He created them with a built-in instinct for survival. They who have nothing – can take care of their young and themselves. They can fly up to 1,000 km in a single day. They are content and happy wherever they land. And they are resilient leaving early when it still is warm – or leaving when it’s so cold that my fingers and toes get numb when standing outside for too long.
If you are one of those who wonders if you matter, if you’re seen or if your needs will be met – take heart and remember the Canadian geese. They do not store or gather and yet their Heavenly Father takes care of them. How much more important are you than one of them? Don’t you think God is able to supply all your needs? (Taken from Matthew 6 – my own paraphrase)
So when you hear those geese up overhead you can be reassured that their creator is helping them get food and care for their young. It should make you smile at the wonder of it. At the great mystery. All of creation turns and moves in their seasons and rightful order. Birds fly south, trees shed their leaves, water freezes, the ground prepares for the cold chill. And you and I – are here to observe the majesty of the creation – one more time.