Few things worry a father or mother more than the well-being of their child.
Truly in this connection we have a radical image of our Heavenly Father and His intense desire for our Good goes deeper than our physical, looking after our eternal being.
Many parents can therefore empathize with the massive stress Doug and Marcia Hansen experienced on a February day in 2014.
One phone call changed everything: “Come quickly and call your family.”
The doctors declared their daughter Lexi had less than a 5% chance of survival…
Her day began as any other.
18-year-old Lexi Hansen was longboarding across an intersection at the designated crosswalk on her way to class at the BYU campus.
Suddenly, a car plowed into her causing a blow to her head that resulted in major trauma to her brain and left her in a coma.
She was rushed to the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo where doctors declared Lexi brain dead upon arrival.
There seemed truly no hope of life remained.
But her family, refusing to give up that hope, prayed and fasted in the days that followed.
There was no change in her condition as the days went by, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday… but the family kept on fasting, seeking God, praying for the life of their beloved daughter and sister to return.
Sunday of that same week, the family gathered around Lexi just before planning to break their fast and began praising God for the life she had.
And they began singing hymns to the Lord.
They knew they would soon be asked to make a decision about whether to continue her treatment…
But what happened next proves God is a miraculous healer!
The ‘Pray for Lexi’ Facebook page sent an update:
“Lexi opened her eyes and kept them open for nearly an hour while we sang hymns to her as a family. While we were singing, she hand signed, ‘I love you,’ moving her arm around so that everyone could see. She then reached for each person’s hands individually so she could squeeze them. We could hardly sing due to the tears streaming down our face. We knew we were witnessing a miracle.”
Day by day Lexi was improving.
God was working through her life, declaring to the world Who holds the keys of death. God is Life. In this circumstance, He chose to show His might through her that others would see and know of our God.
Doctors continued to be shocked as her progress defied every prediction they could make.
Within just two weeks of the coma, Lexi was able to breathe on her own and was soon out of her hospital bed and on the move.
Additionally fascinating, there is Scripture that near directly correlates to Lexi’s story.
Ephesians 5:13-21 overlays the whole Hanson’s experience like a spiritual outline to their story. The Hansen’s allowed their circumstance to be fully placed in the Light of God, that He would be in control and receive glory for this story.
They sought Him, the only power of resurrection from any circumstance, to have final say over Lexi’s report: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
Making the most of this opportunity, regardless of what God’s outcome would bless over this situation, they stood firm in faith. “Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is… [B]e filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit.”
There is power in song. God makes that clear all over Scripture. Specifically, there is power in lifting our praise to the Almighty, fully engaging in blessing our God of All Comfort.
Jesus even proves to us the power of faith and a thankful heart.
Just like the miracle of feeding 5,000 by thanking God, the Hansen’s expected Him simply to be God in this situation. “…always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
Our God is a miracle worker. He is Life. Let us never lose heart, never lose faith in the power of the Almighty.
Pray Lexi’s story and God’s miraculous healing impacts the souls of every person who hears it!