Monday, January 26, 2009

Officer "Lazarus"

I saw this story on my local news, but it actually happened not too far from my home-town in SC. In fact, it happened really close to where I went to college, in a little town called Seneca.

A police officer had a heart attack and was rushed to the hospital. He went for over an hour without a measurable heartbeat. As his family was being brought in to say their final goodbyes, a nurse felt a slight heartbeat. The ER crew did more CPR, shocked his heart, and got him into surgery where he crashed twice on the operating table.

This man LIVED!!! He was given the nickname "Lazarus" after Lazarus in the Bible who was brought back to life by Jesus Himself. You can read his whole story here and here, or you can watch the story for yourself on the Today Show tomorrow morning.

Can you imagine what his family must have be told that their husband and father had died. That they should begin to make final arrangements and say their last goodbyes. Then to be at their most broken moment, and find out that there is still a heartbeat...that their husband/father is ALIVE! I can only imagine what God has planned for this man's life. No one knows how long they will live...only our Father in Heaven knows this. It makes me wonder just what God has in store for me.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord. "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11


Kim said...

Thanks for sharing - a remarkable story.

Sharon said...

I saw this story on the Today Show this morning. I didn't catch that he was from Seneca. Jason's cousins live in Walhalla and work for the Oconee Nuclear Station that is operated by Duke Energy.

Kimberly said...

I didn't know either of you had family in that area. Buddy and I both went to Clemson. I student taught at schools in Walhalla and Seneca and we had to practice "nuclear drills" because the schools were so close to the Station.