Thursday, January 23, 2014

A Very Special Canadian Goose Story (or, Two Geese to Get My Attention) and Poems on Jesus' Love and Purpose Toward You!

There are many beautiful stories about geese: their loyalty, how they stick together and work together, and how they mate for life.  Probably the most famous story that comes to mind is the one about how geese fly in a V, and if one goose falls behind or gets hurt and is grounded, then another from the V-formation comes to its aid until the hurt one is ready to go again.  (My dear friend and contributor to this blog, Jan Bracken, told me of the geese and their beauty in this way).

Today I have a story for you that came directly from God, through the Holy Spirit, to me.  I watched the story unfold one day, and it has sustained me, showing the great love and power that the Lord gives us daily.

One day last spring I was particularly bedraggled and upset.  The weight of continuing financial burdens had hit me particularly hard for certain reasons, I am sure.  As I pulled up to the bank to go inside, I noticed two Canadian geese.  They are often in pairs and also seen around that area...  One goose was eating hungrily, not in a panicked-fashion, from the grassy patch; the other goose stood on one foot only- an entertainment to my eye- nearby the first goose that was eating.  Another bank customer and I were amused and delighted at the two geese as we walked to the door to enter, and I commented that I thought the one eating was probably the female and that the one protecting her was the male.  Inside the bank I transacted my business, came outside, and the pair were still in the same general vicinity but had moved somewhat.  This time the female was still grazing, and the male goose had moved closer toward her, and he was on one foot again.  Same foot? I do not know!  Mentally, I remarked how sweet and wondrous that he would have moved to keep close to her, and yet, he had put one of his feet up again to rest!  My, was he steadfast, and still, he had not eaten yet!

I got into my car, somewhat lighter from the beauty of the picturesque geese, but I was still heavy-laden in my mind with financial burdens.  Suddenly, the thought struck me: I am extremely blessed to have a husband just like that little man-goose!  Yes, my husband is like that bird!  My Heavenly Father had shown me in a very glorious way that I should not worry about bills and money because I have been exceedingly blessed with a husband who cares for me, loves me, and protects me.  How much greater a blessing it is than to worry about money!  Even more, I thought, God has given me blessed assurance through my Jesus Christ- eternal life in glory!  He is taking care of me and us now.  What worries could I have?  Through those magnificent geese I could see the love that God has for them, and how much more love, unfathomable, His love for me.

Donna M., Copyright 2008
James 1:2-3,12
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.  Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
~~~Poems about Jesus~~~

In Love with Jesus
 I used to marvel when

                                      People sang of their

Complete love for Jesus
Who was, indeed,
My Savior, too.
How could this be?
How could one love Him,
Without really
Knowing Him?
I wondered and wondered.
Now, as I’ve grown
Closer and closer…
Needing and relying on Him, seeing His power-
I feel it, too!
 He is real; He is mine;
He is forever,
My Savior, Divine!
Donna M., Winter, 2003
The Good News of Jesus Christ
The Good News of Jesus Christ

Is that he lives today among us,
His believers,

And He reigns o’er the entire world

That none of us should perish.

The Holy Spirit works and hovers

To move us to Christ.

So come, come now

To Lord Jesus

Your Savior.
Donna M., Copyright 2008
Romans 8:39 (New International Version, ©2011)
neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Unsurpassed Gift
 Love is the greatest gift,
Jesus alone has given us.
 Only equal to, if you will,
Surpassed by what that love truly means:
His redemption offered.
Grab onto it, oh, friend!
More, than if it were a lifeboat
Passing by
As you were drowning!

Bring to your mind the picture of you, yourself- putting everything you

have, every scrap of energy and ability into taking hold of that lifeboat!!!

It is the most sobering and serious,

                       Important endeavor

You will ever take~~~ in your acceptance,

Telling Him you believe in Him as your Lord and Savior.

And then,

When you have taken

Jesus’ strong, beautiful hand, nail-scarred for you,

Embrace the JOY,

For all the days of your forever

With other loved ones

And Him!

 Now…was it worth it,
My Friend,
To take hold of Christ
As if your life entirely depended
Upon Him?

It truly is worth it, isn’t it…?

Sweet Lord Jesus,

He and your life together are worth everything.

Donna M., Copyright April 2003
Revised, Copyright 2011 & 2013

In His Presence

Won’t we be softened

By being in the presence

Of our Lord?

Won’t we be purer
When we sit at His feet?
In His shining countenance,
With loving, outreached arms
For us,
In the fragrance of His Home-
Oh, it will surely be sweeter
Than any earthly fruit could bear!
Our clear faces will reflect
Precious Jesus’ smile,
And when we look back at Him,
He will see the love

We were meant to have for Him

In the beginning.

Donna M., Copyright 2008
Revelation 1:5-8
…and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father—to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. BEHOLD, HE IS COMING WITH THE CLOUDS, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen. “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

The Beautiful One
 You are the Beautiful,
My Jesus.
Really- the only, the most,
My Beautiful,
My Savior.

How can it be that You
Believe us to be the most beautiful?
You must’ve,
Because You gave Yourself
For us.

I wait for that
Wonderful Day,
When You
Come to get
Donna M., Copyright 2007  
1 John 4:12,15-16
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
~~~In Closing Today~~~
I hope you have enjoyed my story and five of my poems, actually favorites of mine~~~ all about the power, love, longsuffering, and majesty of God.  My hope is that we do not take His longsuffering for granted.  We each do die at some point, our days are numbered by Him, and you do not want to be too late to accept Jesus' gift~ it is not free~ because He paid for it for you and me with His very Life, but you are free, indeed, to accept or to reject it.  The Lord loves us enough to give us free choice. 
Until next time~
Blessings in
Thank you so much Next-Door Nature images!
         Donna M.



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