Just before Christmas 2017, 2-year-old Jaxon Taylor was rushed to the hospital on the edge of death.
The toddler son of Joel Taylor, CEO of Bethel Music, faced a monster enemy no one saw coming and one which threatened to bring his life to a tragically short end.
Doctors said that he had an E. coli bacterial infection that took a turn for the worse and had led to Hemolytic-Uremic Syndrome (HUS). In HUS, the body starts to attack red blood cells and organs and can quickly cause kidney failure and ultimately death.
But God had a miracle in store and used a new worship song to rally thousands of believers in prayer for Jaxon’s recovery.
Now you can be inspired by this story and listen to that new worship song yourself.
At the hospital, Jaxon ran out of treatment options and it became clear he needed more specialized care that the hospital could not provide.
Quickly the decision was made for Jaxon to be life-flighted to the Intensive Care Unit at UC Davis so he could receive the highest level of clinical care.
As the illness continued to progress, Jaxon’s kidneys stopped working and he started having seizures.
Days passed, and Jaxon showed more decline, as his HUS became critical. Jaxon lost his ability to speak and respond. Suddenly, he no longer showed signs of pain response.
Joel and Janie turned to their faith and belief in God’s ability to do the miraculous and also asked the worldwide Bethel Music community of supporters to pray for their son as well.
A few days later, the illness got even worse and doctors told the grieved parents that they were not certain he would survive the night. A surgical procedure, done without anesthesia, would be required for Jaxon to have a chance to live, but it was extremely dangerous with all the complications he was already facing.
Beyond overwhelmed and devastated, the parents had reached the end of their ability to pray any longer on their own. A desperate text was sent by the parents to family and friends worldwide regarding the likely impending tragedy.
Prayers from all over the world started to pour in and the Taylors felt it. Social media flooded with well wishes and cries to God from every continent for this precious little boy who was fighting his own Goliath.
As the text came through to Bethel Music’s Hesler family, despair started to set in, as they resigned themselves to the news they thought was going to come in any time: that Jaxon had succumbed to the E. coli and HUS.
But instead, an amazing song started to rise out of the depth of the souls of Jonathan David Hesler and Melissa Hesler, and before long these lyrics came out:
“I raise a hallelujah in the presence of my enemies.” When the couple sent the song to the Taylors, they started to play it repeatedly for their ailing son.
The power of prayer and community is overwhelming and when a miracle occurs it gives evidence that God is still the sovereign Lord.
Suddenly, Jaxon started to speak again. One by one, his skills and abilities returned to his stunned family.
Step by step he began to show signs of a return to health as both the HUS and E. coli started to subside. A miracle had occurred. Just days later, Jaxon was able to leave the hospital and return home!
The song which had served such an amazing purpose for the Taylors was turned into an emotional ballad by Bethel Music, one which will leave chills with the power of the Holy Spirit!
In the video, Jaxon is the blonde toddler being held in the audience and raising his hand in praise just like his dad!
Paul made it clear multiple times within his epistles that life would be full of trials and challenges; after all we live in a fallen world.
There will be times that inevitably present when life suddenly takes such a drastic, unpredictable, unplanned twist that it can turn your world on its head.
Without notice you’re not sure what to do and whether life will ever be the same again.
This is perhaps most painful and overwhelming when your child, in an instant, is so dangerously ill that the doctors start to prepare you for the worst: that your child may not ever be coming home with you again.
It’s in times like these that we must lean on God to give us the strength to face the day and trust in His good plan. Who knows, he might just have a miracle planned!