The eagles are known as majestic birds. They can fly at high altitude and can dive at a high rate of speed. But have you seen a flock of eagles flying together? Chances are you will not. Eagles fly alone. Eagles do not flock or engage socially other than when they are courting. Eagles choose to fly solo. They avoid being crammed with smaller birds that draw unwanted attention and disturb their flight patterns. A loner flyer maybe, yet Eagles stay with their same mate their entire lives. One committed life-long partner.
I believe all of us will face the feeling of being alone and needing to be alone sometime in our life. I would like to share my views of being alone through personal experiences and a life story that God continues to write. I am grateful that He is the author of my life story.
I experienced many moments of physically and emotionally feeling alone during my unpleasant yet victorious battle with cancer. On August 2003, I was diagnosed with an aggressive colon cancer. I was 29 years old, only been married for three years, and with a 7-month old son. I remember going to the clinic for a diagnostic test and ended up getting admitted for an emergency surgery. That first night of being separated from my husband and my infant son, whom had been solely dependent on breastfeeding, was a complete disbelief and feeling of confusion and anxiety. Being an infant myself in my faith walk, I had many questions. Why would God allow this to happen? Why now? What’s going to happen next?
The surgery was successful and soon followed with chemotherapy. The treatment was going so well after a few months, when suddenly I had a severe and near fatal reaction. I ended up in the hospital for over two months straight, a good portion of it in the ICU. The doctors told my husband that I may not survive since any treatment they tried was not effective. The decision was made to withhold treatment and I was placed on comfort care. Hospice services was offered. The entire time, many were praying for me. (Matthew 18:20)
My strength was my husband, my son, and my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Several days after withholding treatment, the miraculous touch of God’s healing hands started to manifest in a dramatic way. Day after day, I started to get better. Multiple specialty physicians were in disbelief as they were witnessing the impossible, but with God, anything is possible. (Luke 18:27). Despite the feeling of being alone, helpless, and continued struggles, I knew that God was always there to give me strength. I may have felt alone but I was comforted knowing God was in control. (Joshua 1:5)
My other view of being alone involves intentionality, especially when I’m spending time with God. First thing in the morning, before I start my day, I read my devotion and Bible verse for that day and pray with thankfulness. I am encouraged because I know whatever challenges I face that He is with me. It is this moment of needing to be alone with my Creator that reminds me to be grateful, always. I am still young in my faith walk, but I am growing.
Perhaps we all can learn from the eagle flying alone. To be away from the many noises and distractions of our day. To be focused on our priorities. To be committed and intentional in our pursuit of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. To be alone with Him.
“I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13
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