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By: Ted Camp, Silent Word Ministries


Geese are a good illustration of how to help others during the rough times of life. When geese fly, they do so in a “V” formation. As the bird flaps its wings, it makes flying easier for the bird behind it by creating an uplift of air. If one gets out of line, it feels the resistance of the air. Flying in this way allows the flock to add 70 percent more distance to its range.

These birds fly hundreds and even thousands of miles this way. Every so often the leader falls back and another bird takes over the lead. Flying at the front takes the greatest strength; the further back you go, the easier it is because of the decreased wind resistance. The birds keep trading off and sharing the work in harmony together.

Which geese do you hear honking? It is not the leader as you might think. It is the ones in the back encouraging the leaders up front who are doing the hardest work to keep going. When the leader gets tired, it finally rotates back in the formation and another goose flies point. As a team, they take turns sharing the work together. All are needed and each one is important to the group. One goose just cannot make the trip alone, he needs others to help him.

They continually honk to “help” the leaders to keep up the speed. Honking also reminds others they are “there” to help when needed. If one becomes ill and has to drop out, it honks differently. As it falls behind, two others will follow it down to protect it until it recovers. Later the three take off and form their own “V” until they rejoin the group. The geese cooperate, encourage one another, support and protect each other. They “help” as they “honk.” All are aware of the “honk” for “help.” They serve as a TEAM – Together Everyone Accomplishes More!

Geese are a good example for Christians and the church to follow. If Christians would stay within formation serving one another, every need in the church would be met. We should “help” when others “honk.” We should also “honk” when we need “help.”

As geese we need to stay together, encourage and uplift one another. As geese, when one is sick, weak, or straying, we should seek to restore him. No one should suffer alone. When leaders get tired and weary, others should “honk” to encourage them to keep going. As geese we should “honk” to encourage and “help” one another in times of need.

Carlene (my wife) and I hiked the Grand Canyon. She had no problem going down, but the next day going up was very hard for her. The air was thin and the climb was steep. She finally made the odd sound of “honk – honk!” She remembered the story of the geese. I then encouraged and helped her. Together we finally made it to the top. At times we also still “honk” to one another.

There are times you need to “honk” for “help” from the Lord (II Peter 5:7). Also when you hear someone “honk” you should also respond to “help.” Notice geese do not fly alone because they know they need to help one another.

Notice how the geese often “honk” as they fly over head. You hear them before you see them. As geese we all need to be aware of a “honk” for “help.”

When you face difficulties, “honk.” Your family, friends, others and the church can respond to “help.” Remember, you are not alone! So as the geese, don’t forget to “honk” when you need “help.”

Ted Camp is director of Silent Word Ministries, a worldwide ministry based in Trenton. E-mail him at



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