Fly Away Home is the story of a young girl from New Zealand who survives a car crash that results in the death of her mother. The young girl is sent to live with her father in an Ontario farm, where she adopts a brood of baby Canada geese. When the birds are imprinted with her as their Mother Goose, she realizes that unless she and her father can teach the birds a migration route from Ontario to North Carolina, the birds will not be able to survive the winter. The solution comes in the form of ultralight aircraft that is used to guide the birds to sanctuary.
The film was loosely based on the real-life experiences of Bill Lishman, a Canadian inventor, artist, and ultralight aircraft hobbyist. In 1993, after several years of logistical and bureaucratic setbacks, Lishman successfully led a flock of Canada Geese on a winter migration from Ontario, Canada to Northern Virginia, United States.
I enjoy the movie because the strained relationship between father and daughter is slowly rebuilt by sharing a common journey. And you can’t help but be inspired by a young teenage girl who discovers that she is capable of more than she imagined. But what really challenges me is the effort they put forth to get the geese to follow the ultralights for the migration to safety.
The apostle Paul did this very thing in trying to reach others with the good news of Jesus and His grace.
To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. ~ 1 Corinthians 9:21-23
It’s a new day and a new week with countless opportunities. What length will we go to in an effort to reach others with the grace and truth of God made available through Jesus?