But, I wasn’t alone. Some 60 feet away there was a flock of Canadian Geese (a.k.a. Canada Geese or branta Canadensis) munching on the grasses that grew on the beach. As I watched them they reminded me three truths . . .
1. We must protect our young.
There were two dozen geese, and perhaps a dozen goslings. As I approached the geese scurried the goslings away. After some time, they came back, but the geese always kept a wary eye on me. At all the times several geese were positioned between me and the goslings.
Excellent preschool, children, and youth ministries are vital to the local church. These ministries come with a cost (time, energy, and money) but they are crucial and the church will die without them. The church must be equally protective of those young in the faith. Remember . . . “your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). Like the lion on the African savanna, the devil feasts on the weak and the young.
2. We should utilize the buddy system.
Even spread out over some area of the beach, a single goose was never alone. Always there was at least two. The goslings . . . they were kept as a group.
As Christians, we truly need one another. “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:12).
3. We must welcome the strangers.
After some time had gone by two more geese flew in and made a beautiful water landing a few yards offshore. All the geese stopped what they were doing and welcomed them. There was a cacophony of honking as everyone chimed in their greetings. While not everyone went all the way down to the water, every goose moved towards the newcomers to welcome them.
There are no orphans in the eyes of God – only family. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).