There was once a man who didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t believe in God, and he didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t hesitate to let others know how he felt about religion and religious holidays.
His wife, however, did believe and she raised their children to have faith in God and the Lord Jesus Christ despite his disparaging comments. On one snowy Christmas Eve, his wife was taking their 2 children to a special Christmas Eve service in the farm community in which they lived. They were to talk about the birth of Jesus that night. She asked him to come along just like she had done so many times before, but he refused her once againÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
Ã¢â‚¬Å“That story is nonsense!Ã¢â‚¬Â he barked. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Why would God lower Himself to come to Earth as a man? ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ridiculous!Ã¢â‚¬Â
So she and the children left, and he stayed home.
A while later, the winds grew stronger and the snow turned into a blizzard. As the man looked out the window, all he saw was a blinding snowstorm. He then sat down to relax before the fire for the evening when he heard a very loud thumpÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ Something had hit the windowÃ¢â‚¬Â¦so He looked out but couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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. Apparently they had been flying south for the winter when they got caught in the snowstorm and couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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. And 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. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s warm and safe; surely they could spend the night and wait out the 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 didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t seem to notice the barn or realize what it could mean for them. The man tried to get their attention by waving a lantern, 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, but they still didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 opened barn doors. Nothing he did could get them to go into the barn where they would be warm and safe.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Why donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t they follow me?!Ã¢â‚¬Â he exclaimed. Ã¢â‚¬Å“CanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t they see this is the only place where they can survive the storm?Ã¢â‚¬Â
He thought for a moment and realized that they just wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t follow a human. Ã¢â‚¬Å“If only I were a goose, then I could save them,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said out loud. Then he had an idea! He went into the 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 Ã¢â‚¬â€ 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 loudly in his mind: Ã¢â‚¬Å“If only I were a goose, then I could save them!Ã¢â‚¬Â Then he thought about what he had said to his wife earlier that evening. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Why would God want to be like us? ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ridiculous!Ã¢â‚¬Â
Suddenly it all made perfect sense to him. That is what God had done! We were like the geeseÃ¢â‚¬â€œblind, lost, and 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 Jesus 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:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Thank You, God, for coming in human form to get me out of the storm!Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬â€ Author Unknown
Meditation: My people have been lost sheep. Their shepherds have led them astray; They have turned them away on the mountains. They have gone from mountain to hill; They have forgotten their resting place. Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Jeremiah 50:6
You will succeed in Jesus Name!