I've always been fascinated with how birds fly in formation. It is such a great illustration of teamwork and unity. A while back a friend of mine sent me a video of a "Murmuration." This is when thousands of starlings come together in a beautiful cloud of synchronized movement. It is breathtaking.
Years ago, I read about some discoveries scientists had published regarding how birds fly in formation. Their findings were so pertinent to those that desire to accomplish anything as a unified team. The article states:
Scientists have discovered that just three simple rules govern how birds fly in an aligned formation: maintain minimum distance from neighbor; fly the same speed as your neighbor; and always turn towards the center. When they are in place, it is as if all birds collectively "see" what each bird sees and "responds" as each bird responds.
The simple runs of aligned flight reflect how a healthy church ought to function. If we stay close to one another, don't leave people behind, and always turn toward the center of our call to love, we will move as one.
Unity is the miracle that The Lord prayed for right before his crucifixion and resurrection. He prayed, "I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me." (John 17:21 NLT)
Did you catch the end of that? He said that our love for one another is what will win the world back to the Father, and prove that Jesus is the Son of God sent to save the world.
Although I am amazed to see God heal the sick supernaturally and perform miracles, I am reminded that it is all about unifying us in His love—seeing the church move as one is the greatest sign and wonder. When we are one, we have won.
Let's pray: Jesus, show me how to love my neighbor, care for the lost, and stay connected to Your Body. May Your church be the unified expression of love You prayed for two-thousand years ago. Amen.