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If Only…Ag in the Bible

December 21, 2014

saddleback-pomeranian-geese-poultryshowcentralcom“There was once a man who didn’t believe in God, and he didn’t  hesitate to let others know how he felt about religion and religious holidays. His wife, however, did believe, and she raised their children  to also have faith in God and Jesus, despite his disparaging comments.

One snowy eve, his wife was taking their children to service in  the farm community in which they lived. They were to talk about Jesus’  birth. She asked him to come, but he refused. “That story is  nonsense!” he said. “Why would God lower Himself to come to Earth as a  man? That’s ridiculous!”  So she and the children left, and he stayed  home.

A while later, the winds grew stronger and the snow turned into a blizzard. As the man looked out the window, all he saw was a  blinding snowstorm. He sat down to relax before the fire for the evening.  Then he heard a loud thump. Something had hit the window. He looked out,  but couldn’t see more than a few feet.

When the snow let up a little,  he ventured outside to see what could have been beating on his window. In the  field near his house he saw a flock of wild geese. Apparently they had been  flying south for the winter when they got caught in the snowstorm and  couldn’t go on. They were lost and stranded on his farm, with no food or  shelter. They just flapped their wings and flew around the field in low  circles, blindly and aimlessly. A couple of them had flown into his window,  it seemed. The man felt sorry for the geese and wanted to help them. The  barn would be a great place for them to stay, he thought. It’s warm and  safe; surely they could spend the night and wait out the storm. So he  walked over to the barn and opened the doors wide, then watched and  waited, hoping they would notice the open barn and go inside. But the  geese just fluttered around aimlessly and didn’t seem to notice the barn  or realize what it could mean for them. The man tried to get their attention,  but that just seemed to scare them, and they moved further away. He went into  the house and came with some bread, broke it up, and made a bread crumb  trail leading to the barn. They still didn’t catch on.

Now he was  getting frustrated. He got behind them and tried to shoo them toward the  barn, but they only got more scared and scattered in every direction except  toward the barn. Nothing he did could get them to go into the barn where they  would be warm and safe. “Why don’t they follow me?!” he exclaimed.  “Can’t they see this is the only place where they can survive the storm?”  He thought for a moment and realized that they just wouldn’t follow  a human. “If only I were a goose, then I could save them,” he said out loud.

Then he had an idea. He went into barn, got one of his own  geese, and carried it in his arms as he circled around behind the flock of  wild geese. He then released it. His goose flew through the flock and straight into the barn — and one-by-one, the other geese followed  it to safety. He stood silently for a moment as the words he had  spoken a few minutes earlier replayed in his mind: “If only I were a  goose, then I could save them!” Then he thought about what he had said to his wife earlier. “Why would God want to be like us? That’s ridiculous!”  Suddenly it all made sense. That is what God had done. We were  like the geese–blind, lost, perishing. God had His Son become like us so  He could show us the way and save us.

As the winds and blinding snow  died down, he became quiet and pondered this wonderful thought. Suddenly he  understood why Christ had come. Years of doubt and disbelief vanished with  the passing storm. He fell to his knees in the snow, and prayed his first  prayer:  “Thank You, God, for coming in human form to get me out of the  storm!”

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