At about this time every year I am reminded of a message brought by our former Pastor Steve Ranni. If you’ve been attending our church for more than a few years you probably know exactly to which message I refer.
For weeks afterward folk from our church would go about saying a one-word phrase of encouragement to one another. The word was not “Hallelujah,” it was not “Amen,” it was a rather irreverent sounding but heartfelt “Honk!“
Pastor Steve had brought us a message on encouraging one another and illustrated it with the practice of geese flying in “V” formation. I am reminded of this message because of the large field across from our home which for several years now has served as a sort of ‘airport’ for these migrating fowl. Early each morning we hear them loudly honking and see their familiar “V” formation grow, as they strengthen themselves for the big migration day.
There are three reasons why geese and other birds utilize this formation. The birds take turns leading the flock and the brunt of the wind resistance. This lessens the difficulty for the birds behind. When the lead bird grows tired it falls behind and the next in line takes over. The “V” formation also helps the flock keep track of one another by providing the rearmost birds with a clear view. Finally, it is the trailing birds which “honk.” This lets the others know the pack are following well and encourages the lead bird to keep going.
Do you know someone bearing the headwinds of some particular trial? Get behind them… let them know you are there… and “honk” your encouragement!
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Heb. 10:23-25)
Note: This past Sunday we were blessed with the ministry of Pastor David Storey from the Miramichi region of New Brunswick. I will comment on his message tomorrow.