It was just about eleven o’clock one night at fire station number twelve where I was assigned. I was just about to get into bed, when the tones went off in the station, signaling an emergency. I straightened up and quickly got myself ready to respond.
We were just about on scene when the call was upgraded to a cardiac arrest. Those words have a way of raising the anxiety level for everyone responding. As we pulled up to the house, I began to pray quietly. For the first time ever I prayed against death and destruction and prayed that God would heal the stranger I was about to meet. I was trying to have faith, but I wasn’t feeling very confident. It was like I was trying to draw from a well that was only a little wet at the bottom. I was more than a little irritated at God for dropping a cardiac arrest in my lap instead of something much easier to warm up with.
My partner and I entered the house and found a man lying on the floor next to his bed. The man did not respond to my voice or to anything we did to try to wake him. I felt for a pulse and found nothing. The man wasn’t breathing and was cold and pale. He was dead. My heart sank, and hope lost ground. My prayers didn’t seem to be working at all. I began to feel a little foolish and heard that horrible voice in my ear saying, “See, God isn’t with you. You’re an idiot.” We worked as fast as we could to get the heart monitor set up and to get oxygen going. As we did, I suddenly felt some resolve course through me, and again I quietly prayed against death and asked God to heal the poor man. I wasn’t sure if my partner was hearing me or not. If he was he didn’t let me know.
We placed the heart monitor on the dead man and turned it on. What I saw surprised me. The monitor was showing a normal heart rhythm. I stared at the man in disbelief. I again searched for a pulse, and this time I felt the familiar push against my fingers. A few seconds later the man started to breathe, and then to moan and groan. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. His groans turned into words, and he asked me had what happened. I didn’t know what to say to him. I was completely shocked. I didn’t even answer his question. It only took a couple of seconds before my training kicked back in and I began to prepare him for a trip to the hospital. He looked at me and said he felt fine and didn’t need to go to the hospital. I looked at him in disbelief and told him that he was dead a few minutes ago so staying home wasn’t going to be an option.
We lifted the man onto our stretcher and loaded him into the rescue. By the time we arrived at the hospital, all of his vital signs were normal, and he had no complaints. Later we found out that he had suffered a tear in his aorta, and the hospital staff had rushed him up to surgery. People who suffer tears in their aorta typically bleed and die in a minute or two. The man’s aorta had ruptured at home, and he had bled out. He was hopelessly dead, and yet God brought him back to life!
As I considered the entire situation, I began to understand the magnitude of what God did. I had just witnessed a resurrection from the dead! I couldn’t deny it. I had stepped out in faith, and God had delivered. I spent some time following this incident just standing in awe and praising God as my faith in His power grew. My “faith well” was filling up.
“This book is full of stories of God using one of His children to intervene in the most desperate situations, bringing the dead back to life. This is God on the streets! This is what our nation needs: God’s power released by every believer in every community. Jesus ministered healing wherever the people were. Let’s learn to do likewise. May these stories inspire you to faith to minister healing on the streets, as well!”
Dr. Mark Virkler – President of CLU
Author of 4 Keys to Hearing God’s Voice
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