After weeks of watching one of our geese faithfully sit on her eggs day after day, we were finally rewarded one morning with the sight of six of the most adorable little balls of fluff we had ever seen and one very proud and protective mamma! I honestly had about given up hope that they would actually hatch. I thought they had probably gotten too cold before she started to set on them, but once again it was proven that God can actually bring new life into this world with no help from me! I say that because I have a tendency to want to fix or help everything along if I perceive there to be a problem. Mark convinced me to leave everything alone and let nature take its course, but it wasn’t easy!
The very next day we were at our local farm store and although I never have any intention of buying anything, I always have to go back and look at the new chicks in the tanks at the back of the store. And right smack dab in the middle were a few yellow goslings. I knew they were a breed that would grow up to be pure white and I was wishing I had some white ones. Bless Mark’s sweet little heart, he is so good and understanding about his wife’s critter-lovin-ways, he said, “Go ahead and get a couple, we’ll throw them in with Mamma Goose and see if she will adopt them!’ We took them home, and put them in the pen. They wandered right over to the original babies who didn’t even seem to notice that these were “Johnny-come-lately’s” Mamma sniffed and acted like she really wasn’t sure about these newcomers. It was almost dark so we went in and knew we’d be back out in the morning to check on them. I was a little concerned about them because if Mamma had rejected them she wouldn’t let them snuggle up to her and I was afraid they would be cold.
The next morning I rushed out and quickly counted six little gray and yellow fluff balls, the original six, They were already up and looking for something to eat. The little yellow ones however were nowhere to be seen. OH NO! I thought, but just then a little yellow head popped up, one out from under each one of mamma’s wings. I think the adoption is finalized!
I was filled with such an awe at the awesomeness of God. Not only did he fill these creatures with the knowledge to sit on their eggs for as long as it takes, he filled the babies with the knowledge and ability to peck themselves out of the shell at the exact right time and already be able to walk around and find something to eat and drink! But most of all, I was in awe, because I realized I was witnessing exactly what God does for each one of us. He adopts us into his own family and hides us under his wing. We are sinners who in no way deserves his mercy, care, and love, but he considers us his children, brothers and sisters to his precious son Jesus Christ. What a warm and welcoming place to be, underneath the Father’s wing.