OUT OF THE STORM

  I was impressed by this story told by Preacher, Joe Ringwalt.
One snowy Christmas Eve, the wife was taking the children and attending the church service.  She asked the husband to go with them, but he refused saying, “That Christmas story is nonsense.  Why would God    lower Himself to come to Earth as a man?  That is ridiculous.”  So she and the children left, and he stayed home. 
 
  Outside, the winds grew stronger and the snow turned into a blizzard. He sat down to relax before the fire for the evening.  Suddenly, he heard a loud thump against the window. He checked and could not see anything. He went outside, and there he saw a flock of wild geese. They got caught in the snowstorm and couldn’t go on.  They were lost and stranded on his farm without food or shelter.  A couple of them flew into the window and that was the noise he had heard.
 
  The man wanted to help the geese, so he opened the barn door hoping that they would go inside.  But, the geese just fluttered around aimlessly not realizing what it could mean for them to go inside the barn.  He tried everything he could think of trying to get them into the barn where they would be warm and safe.   He thought to himself, “Why don’t they go into the barn where they can survive the storm?”
Finally, he thought, “If only I were a goose, then I could save them.”  He went inside 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 – 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 ridiculous.”  Suddenly it all made sense. That is what God had done.  We were like those geese; blind, lost and perishing. God had His Son become like us, so He could show us the way and save us. He fall 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 storm.”   

  Here is the Christmas story: “And the Word was made flesh,and dwell among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”   John 1:14
  It seems rather foolish for us not to come in out of the storms of life when God has provided shelter and safety in Jesus.  With the Psalmist, we declare:  “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”  Psalm 46:1

4 Responses to “OUT OF THE STORM”

  1. Max, this is one of my all-time favorite Christmas stories. I have had it for years, narrated by Paul Harvey. It is a beautiful example of why Christ came to earth, trying to get us “lost souls” into heaven, and the extremes He had to go to in order to accomplish this. Thanks for this beautiful story. Can’t wait to get back to the “normal” after the holidays, and back into regular church services. Hope you and Joann have had a great Christmas and New Year’s Day.

  2. The story of the geese is so typical of us as humans. Why doesn’t he just give up on us? He is ready to bestow mercy on each sinner who is willing to give up a life of sin to follow HIM. Yet his love motivates HIM to keep sending the hessage out to everyone everywhere. Thanks Max for your part in getting out the message of Christ and HIS redeeming power to save all who believe and obey His will for their lives. What a glorious priviledge to know God and HIS Son, Jesus the Christ.May all who know Him find an intimate relationship with HIM in this New Year!

  3. Max, I grew up with the saying “you are lost like a goose in a snow storm” . If you have ever had the opportunity to watch geese in formation while they are flying, there is a lead goose who is constantly communicating with the others. That’s how they continue on their journey in the right direction. I know God is in constant communication with us. If we will just listen, like the geese, we too will continue in the right direction.
    Thanks for the message, Mark

  4. Happy New Year to You and Joann,

    As always we are strengthen by your kind words and wisdom. 2012 gives us more opportunities to have New Beginnings …. This is truly a time to get all excited about what great things God is preparing for each of us to do..

    Our 2012 Theme at The Lighthouse is ‘LOVE’… after all God Is LOVE …. what a awesome time to share that Love with a world needing Love more than anything else ….
    This is the New Beginning ….. Old things have past away …. tell someone God Loves you … and then tell them ‘Guess What’ … He Loves You Tooo !!!!

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