P.S., while I was finishing this and posting it, the two geese just flew up above our house and headed back to the big lake on the other side!! So, maybe they are headed back to their babies. Let's hope so!! Have a happy day!
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
An Update to the Goose Story
Good Morning Friends. I didn't do a post here yesterday because I was helping Lily Grace write her post about the Baby Goslings. If you missed it, you can read it HERE NOW before I go on. You may want to read it first so you will understand the rest of what I am going to show you.
After you read Lily's story yesterday, you will know that the Goose Family had already tried once to cross the road and leave Still Waters Pond. Because we were afraid for them to cross our busy street we kind of stood in their way and they went back to the pond. But perhaps we learned the hard way not to interfere with "Mother Nature".
Perhaps if we had not interfered with their earlier attempts to leave, they might have been able to keep their whole family intact. I don't know. We think perhaps the fourth little one was just too weak to keep up with the family. Perhaps Jesus saw him struggling and lifted him up from this earth so that he would not have to struggle anymore.
We know that is what happens sometimes with us. Jesus sees our weak bodies and knows that this life is just too hard for us to keep going. And so He mercifully and lovingly sends His angels to carry us home to heaven where we will never have to struggle anymore.
And so, later in the evening, our little Goose Family with the three remaining goslings headed once again across the busy road to join the other geese in the big pond on the other side of our neighborhood. This time we did not interfere. But we watched from the sidelines and cheered them on in their journey.
Yes, I did stand in the road again, but this time to keep cars from speeding through here and causing a worse tragedy.
I stood and watched and said a little prayer that they would all make it safely to wherever it was that they seemed so anxious to get to.
I knew they were going to be facing some difficult challenges and detours along the route to the big lake, but if that is where their inner instincts was telling them they must go, then they must go...and no man (or woman) was going to be able to deter them any longer.
And so this was my last view of our little family as they waddled away across the ground to seek their new adventure and destiny in the bigger world beyond Still Waters Pond. You may think us silly, but my hubby and I both said a prayer for our little goose family before we fell asleep last night.
Well, now, as if this story couldn't get any stranger, just as I was typing all of the above right now this morning at 7:00 a.m., look who flies into Still Waters Pond by themselves? Yes, you are right, our resident geese, Father and Mother Goose, without their three goslings.
They swam around the island and then headed straight for our yard.
And they came right up on our shore, just like they always did before the goslings were born.
They were looking for food and found it...and they let me take their pictures, while I am asking them, "Where are your babies?" They are standing out there now, eating and acting like nothing is any different than it was three days ago before we met the goslings. Could they have left them over at the big lake alone and flew over here to eat? I don't want to think the other possibility. We'll see how long they stay...maybe they were just needing a morning out and some sustenance before they go back and get the kids and start the next part of their journey homeward, wherever that is.
I don't know. If any of you are experts in Canada Goose behavior, please let me know. For now, I am a bit confused over this whole story and don't know now how to end it. They just swam back out into the pond and are swimming around as if nothing different ever happened.
And so, I will end this saga here for today.
We sure enjoyed seeing the little goslings while it lasted, and we appreciated the parents showing them off to us. Perhaps they took them over to the big lake where the rest of the "clan" is, and maybe they are babysitting the goslings while Mother and Father take a little break. Your guess is as good as mine.
I want to think happy and positive thoughts today.
Colossians 4:2 says:
"Continue earnestly in prayer,
being vigilant in it with thanksgiving"
And so today I will continue in prayer for people in difficult situations, who may be struggling with their load of care...and I will be thankful for the little blessings that come my way to brighten my day. Perhaps today there will be something new and special happen to make us smile. Either way, I will be thankful to God. And I hope you will be thankful today too, for whatever little blessings come your way.