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On Eagle’s Wings
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I placed the last piece of luggage in the rental car and walked back to our cabin. My footsteps echoed as I walked slowly through each room making sure I’d not left anything. The cabin was the place where we met with family and friends. The sound of laughter and conversation usually filled every room, but now it was so quiet.

I checked the list for winterizing our cabin. “I don’t think I’ve forgotten anything,” I thought.. My husband, Clay, and I usually did this task together, but not this time. Instead he lay in a hospital 130 miles away in Grand Junction, Colorado recovering from heart by-pass surgery.

It wasn’t what we had planned. This trip was to be a relaxing, autumn break, from what had been a very traumatic year for us. Clay would enjoy fly fishing and I would, with paints and brushes, try to capture on canvas some of the beautiful fall scenery. The problems began when Clay started having spells of sudden shortness of breath. “It is just the altitude,” we reasoned, though it had never affected him this way before.

God had guided us when on the third day, we decided to take a day trip to Montrose, which is 80 miles away. When Clay had several, shortness of breath spells on the way, we knew something was seriously wrong. I drove him to the Hospital Emergency Room. He was admitted and the next morning was taken to Grand Junction for cardiac by-pass surgery. The surgery went well, but he wouldn’t be allowed to come back to the cabin. “It’s too remote,” the heart surgeon explained. We’d have to fly home from Grand Junction.

Filled with Anxiety

I had left early from Grand Junction to come and get our things, now I faced a long drive back over rough roads, mountain passes and through lonely spaces. I was exhausted, what if I had car trouble or fell asleep while driving. Clay’s surgery was over, but what if something unexpected happened? God had given me peace of mind through much of this ordeal, but now my heart filled with anxiety.

Tears spilled down my face as I went to lock the front door. I had never felt so alone. As I turned the key in the door, I caught a movement out of the corner of my eye. I turned to look. A huge Golden Eagle soared over the valley. The magnificent bird swooped low, caught a current and circled the valley again. I watched in awe as I remembered the words of one of my favorite Bible verses “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 40:31).

We had been told that an eagle lived in the cliffs near the cabin, but I had only seen him once before. My heart filled with thankfulness to my Heavenly Father who knows all of my fears and loves me so much He sent a reminder that He was my strength.

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