There is an annual migration of Canadian Geese from their nesting grounds in the north to the winter grounds in the south. As soon as the nip of winter is in the air, they begin the long trek south to spend the frigid winter in the warmth of the Southern Hemisphere. With the cunning of a weather man who actually knows the forecast, they head back to their nesting ground when the warm winds begin the annual thaw of the frozen northern breeding grounds. It is a beautiful sight to behold as those birds fly high over our heads. The long away honking, as they urge each other, on draws our eyes to the sky as they follow their leader.
It seems the leader's spot is filled by several different birds. The one in front must know the direction and break the still air and create a draft to pull the others along. The leader must be strong and wise. The top spot is the most difficult spot and not for the faint of heart. It requires not only wisdom but a spirit of encouragement. One bold bird has to break from the flock and lead the way.
Occasionally you will see the geese circling over a river, lake or other water source. They do stop and rest and feed along the way. "Indian legend has it that sometimes they'd circle until they fell out of the sky. What they are really looking for is a leader. All those birds and they keep circling forever until one breaks the cycle and heads north again." Out of the crowd emerges a leader who is brave enough to accept the challenge of leading the way.. Most of us want to continue circling with the flock, and follow rather than lead. What would happen if no one was willing and brave enough to break from the flock and show the way? Perhaps the Indians were correct in their prediction of the outcome when no one dares to lead. They would continue to circle until they finally dropped from the sky.
Will you listen for God's nudges and take a step out of your comfort zone? Will you dare to be that one bold bird? Will you show others the way?
"You never know who will stand with you unless you stand up first."
Malala Yousafzai-Nobel Peace Prize Winner
"Where there is no guidance the people fall,
But in abundance of counselors there is victory."