Dear God, Are you still here?
In 2004, my younger brother, Joe, was involved in a deadly motorcycle accident that caused him to fall into a coma. The doctors explained that there was a great chance that he would not live. He had a traumatic brain injury to the front part of his head accompanied by a broken leg and arm, punctured lung and fractured ribs. My brother was 20 years old. When I got the call at work, I frantically made my way to the hospital, praying for God’s mercy in this situation.
I remember walking into a hospital room to see him covered in all sorts of body casts and medical apparatus, appearing absolutely lifeless. I let out a loud gasp, as I was on the verge of tears, and my mother’s best friend came over to me to encourage me to be the strong one. Immediately, I received incredible inner strength and clarity as my parents were falling apart in tears. My parents are solid believers and followers of Christ and within hours, church members came in to pray over my brother.
At the doctors’ table, my parents were asked to sign a consent form involving his anticipated death, but friends and family members continued to pray.
Finally, after almost two months, the doctors confirmed that his brain had begun to respond and that he would live! They warned that the process to bring him back to normal would be painfully long, and in fact he would never be the same again as his injury was a permanent one.
Five to six months later, I witnessed just how fragile we are as human beings. Joe was living in a special recovery center learning the alphabet and numbers all over again, as if he were in elementary school. Our family prayed and stuck by him every day.
That was a tough year but God worked a miracle in Joe’s life and gave him a second chance! Today, despite his cognitive challenges, Joe is in his 3rd year of college studying architectural engineering. He has his own story to tell… and we will always thank God for the miracle and for the lesson.
-Esther, 30, New York, New York