The Geese And The Snowstorm

A few weeks ago, I was emailed this story.  I thought it was wonderful so I wanted to share it with everyone.  It really puts a different spin on how we see things that God does for us.

There was once a man who did not believe in either the virgin birth of Christ or the spiritual meaning behind it, and was skeptical even about God.  He and his family lived in a farm community.  His wife was a devout believer and diligently raised her children in the faith. He sometimes gave her a hard time about her belief and mocked her religious observances.

“It’s all nonsense — why would God lower himself and become a human like us? It’s such a ridiculous story,” he said.

One snowy day, she and the children left for church while he stayed home.  After they had departed, the winds grew stronger and the snow turned into a blinding snowstorm.  He sat down to relax before the fire for the evening.

Then he heard a loud thump, something hitting against the window… And, still another thump.  He looked outside but could not see anything.  So he ventured outside for a better view.  In the field near his house he saw, of all the strangest things, a flock of geese.  They were apparently flying to look for a warmer area down south, but they had been caught in the snowstorm.  The storm had become too blinding and violent for the geese to fly or see their way.  They were stranded on his farm, with no food or shelter, unable to do more than flutter their wings and fly in aimless circles. 

He had compassion for them and wanted to help them.  He thought to himself, the barn would be a great place for them to stay.  It is warm and safe; surely they could spend the night and wait out the storm.  So he opened the barn doors for them.

He waited, watching them, hoping they would notice the open barn and go inside.  Nevertheless, they did not notice the barn or realize what it could mean for them.  He moved closer toward them to get their attention, but they just moved away from him out of fear.

He went into the house and came back with some bread, broke it up, and made a bread trail to the barn.  They still did not catch on.

Starting to get frustrated, he went over and tried to shoo them toward the barn.  They panicked and scattered into every direction except toward the barn.  Nothing he did could get them to go into the barn where there was warmth, safety, and shelter. 

Feeling totally frustrated, he exclaimed, “Why don’t they follow me? Can’t they see this is the only place where they can survive the storm?  How can I possibly get them into the one place to save them?”

He thought for a moment and realized that they just would not follow a human.  He said to himself, “How can I possibly save them? The only way would be for me to become like those geese.  If only I could become like one of them. Then I could save them.  They would follow me and I would lead them to safety.”

At that moment, he stopped and considered what he had said.  The words reverberated in his mind: If only I could become like one of them, then I could save them.  Then, at last, he understood God’s heart towards mankind…and he fell on his knees in the snow.

Author Unknown

When you really stop and think about it, it is amazing at how hard we really try as human beings to resist what God is trying to do for us.  He has our very best interests in mind and wants only to save us yet we still find ourselves running from him at times. 

I really find some comfort in the following bible passage:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

                                                                                          John 3:16-17

Those are some really powerful words.  God helps us because we can’t help ourselves.  It is up to us as to whether we will let God help us or not.  Will we follow God into the warmth and safety of that barn when the snowstorms come or will we scatter and insist on going the other way and leaving our survival up in the air?  I think I will follow him into the barn.

About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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