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Updated on July 25, 2008

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As with most animal behavior, God had a good reason for including that in their instincts.

As each bird flaps it's wings, it creates uplift for the following.

In a V formation, the whole flock adds at least 71o/o more flying range then if each flew alone.

Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to fly alone...and quickly gets back into formation.

Like geese...people who share a common direction and sense of community,can get where they are going quicker and easier than those who try alone.

When a goose gets tired, it rotates back into the formation and another flies at the point position. If people had as much sense as geese,they would realize that ultimately their success depends on working as a team, taking turns and doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership.

Geese in the rear of the formation honk to encourage those up front to up their speed. It is important that our honking from "behind" be encouraging. Otherwise it's - well - honking.

When a goose gets sick or wounded, two other geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help provide protection. They stay with the unhealthy member of the flock until it is either able to fly again or dies.

Then they launch out again with another passing flock or try to catch up with their own.

May we be so sacrificial, that we may be worthy of such friends, in our time of need.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A SCIENTIST.... learn from God's marvelous creation; you only need to stop long enough to observe and let God reveal His wonders to you.

"Ask the beasts,and they will teach you; and the birds of the air, and they will tell you; and speak to the earth; and it will teach you; and the fish of the sea will explain to you. Who among all these does know that the hand of the Lord has done this ?" Job 12:7-9



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    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free


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      8 years ago

      Someone asked the geese, but God, in His unerring way, told them. One has only to look around and see the wonderful things that nature has given us.

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Leif..You are new to me and Thank you very much for your comment...G-Ma :o) hugs

      C.S. Thanking you also my dear...and it is so true..they are God's creature's and all have a purpose and lesson's learned.....G-Ma :o) hugs

    • C.S.Alexis profile image


      10 years ago from NW Indiana

      G-Ma, The same attributes of geese definitely go a long way when found in human behavior. This hub is interesting, we do not give the animal kingdom near the credit they deserve. Thank-you so much for this info.

    • Leif profile image


      10 years ago from East Coast USA

      This was so good. Thank you G-Ma Johnson.


    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free have brought the biggest smile to me..thank you ! A weekly column huh?  You are something to behold.  And I also have the geese flying over all the time..You can hear them from a long ways away.  The first time I ever saw them in a V formation and flying low; we were on the boat just about sunset...I thought I was in Heaven..I had never seen such a beautiful sight in my those majestic birds flying over head.....

      I have been close to Bald Eagles,,they got some of my chickens..and they are also something else to watch..Like when one took a neighbors cat....when they catch fish right out of the waters...  God has made such a wonderful place for us.......Thank you for your sweet comment ...G-Ma :o) hugs

    • Sally's Trove profile image


      10 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      I live near a large pond that is a stop on geese migration routes. When the geese take off and land, their flight path is often right over my backyard. By the time they get here, either coming or going, their honking is pretty much over with, and their altitude is low. It is so beautiful to look up, see their beautiful underbellies, and hear nothing but the air as it moves over, under, and through their wings. The perfect team, working in harmony, focused on the task. A sight to behold.

      If not a book, G-Ma, then how about a nationally syndicated weekly column?

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Granny..Thank you for your comment...and no I haven't seen that movie...sounds interesting though. Will look for it... G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Granny Smith 

      10 years ago

      Very good subject and hub. Thank you! We can learn from the lower species, we're not so high and mighty after all, are we? God has his ways of keeping us humble. Have you seen the movie "Fly Away Home"? Your hub reminded me of it. It's a very uplifting and encouraging movie.

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      ...and thank You are new to me..welcome to the hubs. honk honk..G-Ma :o) hugs

    • trish1048 profile image


      10 years ago

      Wow! not only did I learn something new today, the parallel between animals and humans is truly amazing. I believe geese mate for life, but I didn't know they were a comfort and support to one of their fallen,,,,how touching!

      You did make me chuckle when you stated, 'well, it's just honking' :) I can identify with that, seems some folks in my workplace do just that,,,honk!

      Thanks for a beautiful article!

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Well once again Sam I say Thank You,,you are always there for me and encouraging me...I have the feeling you already have this lesson learnt....And hopfully the best is yet to come ? ha ha G-Ma :o) hugs

    • soyelude profile image


      10 years ago from Lagos - Nigeria

      We sure have a lot to learn from other creations of God...reach out with a helping hand to those in need...selflessly. Another lesson learnt from you G-ma. I told you long ago that we are yet to see the best of you!! Brilliant Hub.

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Thanking you for your comment and glad you also enjoyed it..I was pleased with it too,very enlightning to me...G-Ma :o) hugs

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      In The Doghouse 

      10 years ago from California


      His evidences are everywhere for us to see, aren't they? This was so cool, thank you for sharing the story.

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Well what a sweet thing to say..I wish I was a writer..I guess I could go back to school..lot's of us older folks do that these days. and I must agree with you as far as being the lowest in many ways...not all..I guess we all have our purpose and need to know that in our the geese do and work together.  I especially found that 2 would go down with one that was injured and stay with it very wonderful......there are lessons to be learned  Thank you sweetie for your comment...G-Ma :o) hugs

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      10 years ago

      I studied animal behaniour as part of my degree, but I missed this G-Ma. It's a beautiful post. Yes, there are many lessons to learn by looking to the animal kingdom. We often think or ourselves as the 'highest' species. There are moments when I think we are the lowest. You should write a book G-Ma. Another fantastic hub!

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Thank You sweetie..It was news to me..but very well done and of course God's will be done...I always have believed in anture and the plants that are here for us to use for medical reason's as well as healthy ones. Too bad we didn't take more advise from the first inhabitants about these things...Everyday I see the miracles of nature....the wonder of it all...G-Ma :o) hugs

    • Rhym O'Reison profile image

      Rhym O'Reison 

      10 years ago from Crowley, Tx

      I have heard about this before and it always amazes me when people can see evidence of such intelligent design yet still claim there is no designer. Thank you for the great reminder.


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