On Living and Dying2
“Even Youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:30-31
I have a cousin with Leukemia. Five years ago he was said to be in remission after all of the chemotherapies and treatments of all different kinds. Last year the cancer came back in full force. After all of the chemical treatments had failed him, he decided to treat this cancer naturally. With the initial diagnosis he was told that if he didn’t do chemotherapy, he would die. He refused, so the hospital sent him home to die. Because of that for most of the last year my aunt and my cousin lived in Phoenix, AZ working with a homeopathic cancer treatment center. He’s been transferred around to different hospitals in that area, and then was sent back to Nashville, which is a lot closer to home for him. A few weeks ago they sent him home to die…again.
My cousin is a fighter. Since he’s been home, he’s been gaining weight, has been able to get off of the feeding tube and has been making incredible strides toward a recovery. He’s planning for his future and working towards it. Last weekend my family and I went down to transform his garage into a gym for his personal training, which is what he was doing before he got sick again. We went down to play an active part in his recovery by believe that he can and will get better.
I heard the television playing this morning while I was trying to get in five more minutes of sleep. Joyce Meyer was on. I have never really watched her, but my mom loves listening to her speak and I’ve only heard good things from her. But what she was talking about today from what I could hear was chickens and eagles. Keep in mind this is just a loose paraphrase because I only heard bits and pieces. She was talking about how each animal reacts when a storm is coming. She said chickens, and I can attest to this having lived on a farm my whole life, go completely crazy and kick up the dirt and run like crazy for shelter to get away from the storm. What she said about eagles, I didn’t know. She said that they sit back and wait for it. From what I heard, they use the air from the incoming front to fly higher and go faster and stronger. They use the storm to their advantage. They know it’s coming, and they ride it out and take full advantage of the tough times it brings.
This kind of reminded me of my cousin. Here is a 25-year-old man who all he wants to do is live his life and get the most out of his physical body and to help other people do that, too. Then here comes this storm. Right now it seems like he’s just riding it out. He’s learning a lot about his body and what a body can and cannot take. I assume this would have great importance to someone who teaches people how to get the most out of their body by good nutrition and diet. He’s soaring on his eagle wings, just riding out the storm and taking full advantage of it. I expect him to come out of it stronger than ever.
It also makes me think of the storms in my life. I tend to act more like the chickens, running for cover at the slightest hint of trouble. I hate having to face any kind of conflict. Sometimes, though, there are times to make waves though I would rather not. Sometimes I think we need to take advantage of these storms. I also think that there are times that these storms are brought to us to make us stronger.
I know the storms are going to come. My prayer is that I would be ready for them and also that I would mount up on wings like eagles and ride it out. Father, help me to take advantage of these storms that come our way in this life. Help me to learn and draw from each of them that come my way. And, Father, help me to live my life to Your fullest intent while there is calm and while there are storms.