Who would have thought that this one and a half inch insect could travel non-stop between India and Africa? For some of these globe skimmer dragonflies, their transcontinental flight is a “suicide mission.” What could possibly motivate them to make such an arduous journey of 4,400 miles? They migrate from the dry season to a wet one in order to mate. The large surface of their wings allows them to glide and conserve energy. And having two sets of wings working independently means they do not have to beat them as often.
Today’s verse tells us that believers have harmony and oneness because of God’s Spirit. He provides peace and that peace gives us power to accomplish much! Just as those two independent sets of wings work together to cover long distances, so believers need one another. Through the power of the Spirit, we have the same mind and the same love. We can be untied and intent on one purpose (Phil. 2:2). But this unity is something we strive to keep and it is something to be preciously guarded. It is not our natural tendency to work together.
Which wing is the most important of those four? Which one is in the front and which in the rear? Working together can only happen when we are humble, gentle, patient and loving (verse 2). When I worry about who gets the credit then I am out of sync. When I am easily annoyed with someone else’s lapse, or am harsh in correcting another, than I lose ground. I might be content with the result but maybe we could have gone much much further.
Lord, keep us together!