“Then they entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their ancestors, with all their heart and soul.”
2 Chronicles 15:12
Hundreds – rather, thousands of black-tipped wings flapping in unison, accompanied by the hoarse cries of migrating snow geese.
This time of year, many species of migrating fowl fly directly overhead, making their way from their winter watering holes to their nesting grounds up north. Snow geese are among the throngs. They descend in numbers so thick they make the fields look like they are covered in snow. Driven by some sort of instinct, they fly thousands of miles to journey to the areas in which they grew up. They band together in vast groups, moving across the skies by taking turns leading and following, flying in precise order and community to achieve their common purpose.
A migration mystery.
Something inside them leads these birds – or perhaps drives them – to fly like homing pigeons over many miles of varied terrain to find places in which to lay their eggs and raise their young. They face many obstacles, yet millions upon millions of them take this harrowing journey twice a year like clockwork. They somehow know that the journey will be worth it. That they will find that which they seek.
Enter the folks from Asa’s day in this passage from the book of Chronicles.
A prophet promised King Asa that if he and his people would seek God with their whole hearts, He would bless them with safety, and lead them.
The king believed the message.
His citizens did as well.
They decided to ‘travel’ together, to work with a common purpose, to do everything they could to find God and obey His instructions.
They flew together in a flock, so to speak.
And discovered their safe nesting grounds.
They even made a covenant – a sacred set of promises by which they would govern themselves. They took their spiritual journey seriously.
And they arrived at their destination together.
What a migration mystery.
What if our families, workplaces, local governments, communities, provinces and countries were able to work together, journey together for the common good?
What if we were able to set aside our differences in order to capitalize on what we have in common?
A lovely thought.
Are you flying in the same direction as I? Are you seeking God and His purpose for your life?
Perhaps we could journey together.
Join the flock with me?
Father, how amazing that this group of citizens from days gone by decided to travel towards You together. Help us to mimic that united front, to work together to establish peace and harmony and help each other along in this journey towards You. Amen.