FOLLOWING THE TAIL FEATHERS


The Celts had a wonderful name for the Holy Spirit. They called Holy Spirit ‘The Wild Goose’.



The Celts looked at nature and saw God revealed in all His glory and they understood God best when they took symbols from what they experienced. The Holy Spirit was symbolized by the wild goose. Doves were docile and delicate, but the wild goose was untameable, free, and unpredictable. Instead of a soft coo, the wild goose was noisy and raucous. And it seemed always to be on the move—on a pilgrimage ordained by the Lord Himself. [i]

Holy Spirit calls us to a new flight path. We must follow the tail feathers.

There is a moment of truth for all of us, where we choose to trust God and set a course to the future. We will have this moment many times. Unfortunately, some prefer to focus their thoughts and prayers on worrying. They never commit to any significant change or action because they’re worried about making the wrong decision.


James 1:
5-8 If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open.


If you don’t know what you’re doing in God’s Kingdom, please ask the Father. Whose church is it anyway? Who loves this church more than you do? God has much more invested in this flock than you ever will. So, ask God what you should do.

Some might immediately think we need to be cautious and very careful, since Paul did say to do everything decently and in order. He has a point, but gave those words to a wild frontier church filled with sinners and self-righteous people who needed some guidance.

He probably doesn’t need to tell us about doing things decently and in order. We have predictable patterns and containments for most of what we do in His Name. We sometimes worship order and safety, more than we do the Trinity. Think about Nicodemus whose security rested in religion.


John 3:
Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”


I am not a spiritual anarchist, but there is something unpredictable about the wind. Jesus is saying that if you are born again, the wild goose will lead the flock where it will. The whispering wind of God’s Spirit will blow at unexpected times, maybe even the wrong times in your schedule.

Christ’s Kingdom is the dreaming counter-culture restoring clear hope in uncertain times. We follow the wild goose, but at least we fly in formation, decently and in order.

Apparently God likes to hover around the chaos. That should be comforting for some of your lives. Holy Spirit wants to lead you to hover over some chaos, too. That is where God does His best work of creating and defining.



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