The Sense Of The Goose


A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.

~Ecclesiastes 4:12, NLT


Unity is power.

~Arabic Proverb

I was preparing a lesson on unity for the D-Now and I remembered something I learned in a training seminar for educators some 25 years or so a good. It was called the SENSE OF A GOOSE. You have probably heard the old adage, “He doesn’t have the sense God gave a goose.” Actually Geese may be more intelligent than we are; at least they know how to work together. As you know, geese fly in a V-patter with one goose leading the point. Following the leader there is a goose flying slightly behind on his left and right. On the right side of the V, there is a goose flying slightly behind on the right wing. On the left side, there is a good flying behind on the left wing. There can be from a doze to fifty in a flock. By flying in this formation, the geese can tree times further than a single goose flying alone. Of course the leader is doing the most work and so all the geese behind honk continually to encourage their leader. Every few minutes the leader rotates and moves back one space; this keeps the leader form getting exhausted. If a goose gets injured or sick and has to drop out, two other geese drop out to help the hurting goose.

They tell me that a draft horse can pull up to 8,000 pounds. Two draft horses can pull 24,000 pounds. Two draft horses who have been trained to work together can pull 32,000 pounds: that is 16n tons. There is power in numbers. There is power in unity.


We had to alter our plans today but all is well that ends well. Se you in worship tomorrow.

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