Soaring into the Light

Canada Geese Flying at Sunrise

After days of glowering clouds and rain, the sun finally breaks through, beaming on the wet upturned face of a grateful world. I drive to work beside the crescent lake where hundreds of Canada geese find sanctuary before their winter journey south. I love this stretch of road with water, trees and sky offering a new vista each time I pass by, especially when the geese are in residence. Night shadows linger over their sleepy forms floating on the lake this almost winter morning. Then with a flurry of wings on water, an arrow of geese arises, angling sharply skyward. Reaching the treetops, they break through gloom, their dusky forms instantly aglow with golden morning sunlight. Gilded wings flashing rhythmically, graceful necks outstretched, they form a phalanx across the blue-washed sky, and I am smitten.

I remember how that felt for me, flying out of the shadows into light. Set free to soar, breaking loose from a mud-mired existence up into the stratosphere of God’s love. I relive that burst into freedom in the moment by the lake and my heart sings with joy all over. It lingers with me as I go about my work tasks, until I take time to read a passage in a translation of the bible which speaks to my heart.

“Before time itself was measured, the Voice was speaking. The Voice was and is God. This celestial Word remained ever present with the Creator; His speech shaped the entire cosmos. Immersed in the practice of creating, all things that exist were birthed in Him. His breath filled all things with a living, breathing light — a light that thrives in the depths of darkness, blazes through murky bottoms. It cannot and will not be quenched.”
~ John 1:1-5 The Voice

“His breath filled all things with a living, breathing light.” I read this several times with the fresh image in my mind of birds in flight aflame in morning sunglow. God gives me these epiphanous moments as gifts drawing me back to Him. I have been walking in His love for a long time, so He well knows I need an occasional jolt with a glimpse of His glory. The living, breathing light He has imbued in all He has made speaks to me of His light gifted to me the moment I first knew Him as my savior. Not only a lessening of darkness in my spirit but a lightening of the burden of sin He lifted from me.

Is it any wonder Christ is so often described as light? He has made us to respond to light, to thrive on light, to require light as much as we need air. How much brighter His light shines when compared to the darkness of this sin-soaked world. He Himself said, “I am the light that shines through the cosmos; if you walk with Me, you will thrive in the nourishing light that gives light and will not know darkness.” ~ John 8:12

With His light I can find my way. He reveals all that I need to see to make it in this life. It could be that the geese took flight this morning because they were in search of food, but I like to think they were soaring into the light because it drew them upward. I too want to continually soar aloft where His living, breathing light cannot be quenched, where His love is the self-perpetuating glow warming all the world.

Synergy

IMG_0056Harbingers of fall, flocks of Canada geese stitch familiar V patterns across the blue prairie sky as they migrate south. My eye is drawn to them — a chevron of graceful birds marking distance as one unit. I wonder how each bird knows to fly slightly above and behind the goose ahead, creating an aerodynamic formation. Or how the larger, stronger lead goose knows when it is time to give way to a fresh replacement.

Their combined action creates synergy, resulting in a greater outcome than the sum of their individual efforts. Formation flying allows them to cover as much as 1,500 miles in 24 hours, a distance a single goose could never accomplish.

As with so many aspects of the natural world, there is a spiritual lesson to be drawn from the interdependence of Canada geese. They need each other. Without the support of its flock-mates, a goose could not fulfill its purpose as God designed. Just as we would be greatly inhibited in our Christian life if we did not have a body of believers to walk alongside us. Beyond benefiting ourselves, there is the goal of the greater good.

“We who are strong are not just to satisfy our own desires. We are called to carry the weaknesses of those who are not strong. Each of us must strive to please our neighbors, pursuing their welfare so they will become strong. The Anointed One Himself is our model for this kind of living, for He did not live to please Himself. I pray that our God, who calls you and gives you perseverance and encouragement, will join all of you together to share one mind according to Jesus the Anointed. (Rom. 15:1-3, 5 The Voice)

The apostle Paul wrote these words to Christians coming from differing backgrounds of Judaism and paganism. He urged them to help each other, in spite of the disparities in their former way of life, setting aside selfish motives for the greater good of proclaiming Christ. “In this unity, you will share one voice as you glorify the one True God, the Father of our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, our Liberating King.” (Rom. 15:6)

Just as I see a flock of geese made stronger and faster in unity, so Christians setting aside their differences and coming together create synergy, a whole that is greater than the simple sum of its parts. In this world of self-seeking and personal fulfillment, setting aside our own desires to benefit a greater purpose is almost a foreign concept. Yet when we do, we experience the satisfying peace and connectedness of being a small, vital part of a much bigger cause.

And that cause is love, fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ, who told us, “Love each other deeply and fully. Remember the ways that I have loved you, and demonstrate your love for others in those same ways. Everyone will know you as My followers if you demonstrate your love to others.” (John 13:34-35)

Like wind beneath wings, Christ’s love carries us forward into His greater purpose — to love as He loves.

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