Encouragement

Just One More Miracle Under His Majestic Belt

“Jeff Buchanan had a heart attack last night and they don’t think he’s going to make it,” my husband said on the morning of February 15, 2011. Immediately I thought of his wife, Erica, whose been a friend of mine for years. And then their children came to mind which broke my heart even more. Because he’s only 39 years old. My husband went to the hospital later that day to visit her and to pray over Jeff. She and I communicated via text messages about the situation. She was clearly distraught, to say the least, and actually said that she didn’t think she’d be bringing him home. She felt this way not only because of the medical advice given to her but also because Jeff was literally dead for 90 minutes as they did chest compressions to try to resuscitate him. Since he was so young, they didn’t stop. Eventually he “came back to life” and was on life support but would crash another 20 times in the night. There were so many machines keeping him alive mainly to see what the extent of his brain damage would be or if he would even have a functioning brain after 90 minutes without oxygen. When you find yourself in a circumstance that seems hopeless, it’s frightening to hope even a little because you don’t truly know what the outcome will be. Thankfully, people rallied behind Erica and their family and believed for them. Because for a while, she just couldn’t. After a couple of days of living in medically induced hypothermia state hoping to reduce the effects of brain damage, the skilled medical staff began to warm his body up. After it got to a certain temperature, it was time for a CT scan that would probably show them what they feared the most: Jeff was brain dead. Funny thing happened, though. The CT Scan came back normal. There was nothing wrong with Jeff Buchanan’s brain. Within a matter of time, Jeff woke up and began communicating with the medical staff and his family. Before they knew it, he was moving his body parts and was joking around. It’s been three weeks since this happened to the Buchanan’s. They’ll tell you they will never be the same again. Partly because he’s out of the hospital and is sleeping soundly next to his wife in their bed at home. The other part is because this family got to see the real, awesome, majestic, breathtaking power of God displayed right before their eyes. I don’t know where you are in life. I don’t know if you even know Jesus Christ as your Savior. But I want you to know that there is a God. And He does the miraculous even today. And he wants to do it in you. Won’t you let Him?

7 thoughts on “Just One More Miracle Under His Majestic Belt”

  1. Thank you, Cindy, for posting this. At 8:30 this morning, a good friend goes to the oncologist to find out what can be done about the cancer that has engulfed his liver. He’s only in his mid-50’s. Thanks for reminding me that God is in control.

  2. I don’t even know this family, but I literally have tears in my eyes from reading this. God is so good and is sovereign!! Thank you for sharing this encouraging story. That is awesome! Praise God!!

  3. Wow! As if I needed one more thing to praise God for today, He shows Himself mightily through this story and now I will gladly add this too. Though I don’t know Jeff and Erica, my heart is just overflowing with joy for them. Praise God for how they will use His miracle to draw others to Him.

  4. Love this story, and have shared it with many. I don’t know the Buchanan’s, but I know God, and that is exactly what I’d expect him to do.

  5. Cindy!
    I’m honored that you shared our story and I pray that everyone who reads it will also share it. God has done so much in our lives the past month. But the most amazing thing was He showed us very personally how much He loves us. I’m not even talking about me & Jeff, but all of His people. He is so good……..all the time.

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