Where are wild geese going, with cold frost under the bright autumn moon?
(달밝은 가을밤에 기러기들이 찬서리 맞으면서 어디로들 가나요?)
The reeds call them, waving to rest their tired wings for a while
(고단한 날개 쉬어가라고 갈대들이 손을 저어 기러기를 부르네.)
Over the mountains and across the rivers, wild geese fly back to our country.
(산 넘고 물을 건너 머나먼 길을 훨훨 날아 우리 땅을 다시 찾아왔어요.)
Do you know where they migrate, oh dear bright moon?
(기러기들이 살러 가는 곳, 달아달아 밝은 달아 너는 알고 있겠지?)
<Migration of Wild Geese>
This is the song, Massa’s in The Cold Ground, composed by Stephen Collins Foster who is well known as ‘the Father of American Music’ in which the man expressed how much he was heartbroken over his master when he passed away. One of Korean poets revised it, putting the new lyric which was about wild geese migrating in autumn. Since it was published on music course book in school, many Koreans sing the song and get used to the lyric.
The secret of V-shaped Formation of Wild Geese
Have you thought about why do wild geese fly away in a V shape? To say the conclusion, it is because of energy conservation. The V-shaped formation that wild geese use when migrating imply important reasons.
First of all, they conserve their energy. Each bird flies slightly above the bird in front of him to avoid the wind resistance. They take turns being in the front and then at the back when they get tired. In this way, they can fly away 40,000km for a long time to find warm place for feeding and breeding. The leader flying at the very front helps the others save 70% energy while migrating and assign the little or old geese to the back to protect them.
The second benefit to the V formation is that it is easy to keep track of the route so that every bird can follow the front. The rest of wild geese honk altogether to encourage the leader to make sure that they keep track of all birds.
From the second row to the sixth row, they honk once in a loud voice, “honk” which means “Leader, cheer up!”, and from the seventh row to the last, they honk twice loudly all the more, “hooonk, hooonk” which means “Leader, cheer up! We’re here!” Flying in the V formation may help the birds communicate in group, so fighter pilots often use this formation for the same reason.
If one of them gets the shot from the poacher and drops down, two geese also come down together and take care of it until it flies up after recovering or it dies. Up to they find the suitable habitats where they can settle down, they keep migrating routinely back and forth.
To Our Hometown through the Sacrifice of Elohim God
The migration of wild geese reminds us of God’s sacrifice. As the sacrifice of the leader of wild geese make the others conserve their energy to fly while migrating, through the sacrifice of our Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother we can fly to our hometown in heaven and get home in safe. Only for our sins Elohim God came down to this earth, leaving the glorious thrones behind and will bring us to our hometown where we came from.
Luke 19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that was lost.
Hebrews 11:14~16 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country – a heavenly one.
As the rest of wild geese honk to encourage the leader which sacrifices itself to have the others conserve the energy while migrating, we should support Elohim God, shouting “Come to Zion, to the arms of Heavenly Father and Mother, to take the free gift of water of life.
It is because we are the ones who have already heard “Come!” from the Spirit and the bride.
Revelation 22:17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.
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