Doug Roane Photography
GOD AND THE GEESE
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
His wife, however, did believe, and she raised
to also have faith in God and Jesus, despite his
One snowy Eve, his wife was taking their children to service in the
farm community in which
they lived. They were to talk about
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
As the man looked out the window, all he saw was a
He sat down to relax before the fire for the
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.
they had been flying south for the winter when they got caught in the
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
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
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, his soul 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