Landon is a man unlike the rest of us. After a traumatic car accident, Landon was rescued by paramedics, plunged into a coma where he technically died three times, but came back to tell this tale. Landon has been to Heaven. As his mother drove home with his father in the passenger seat, in the summer of 1997, Landon was but a small child in the seat behind his mother. Crossing an intersection, their car was hit by ambulance returning back to its station.
Julie, Landon’s mother, said she had no idea what was happening, “I didn’t see the ambulance coming, but I remembered him [her husband] yelling. That was the last thing I heard from him.” Landon’s father died immediately but paramedics were able to stabilize Julie. At this point, no one knew there was a kid in the backseat.
“They couldn’t see his body because of the damage that was done to the driver’s side of the car,” Julie said. Eventually, Landon’s exposed show came to the attention of the paramedics who swiftly pulled his body from the wreckage and air-lifted him to a nearby hospital. Lifeless and not breathing, Landon’s body was far from a hopeful sight. He died two times in that first day at the hospital, and the chances of his survival, even as a child unable to walk, talk, or eat, were minimal. Julie’s attitude was the following; “I was so desperate that that was okay. I would take that just to have him. He was all that I had.”
The funeral of Landon’s father and Julie’s husband only further reinforced this point. Landon was all that Julie had to live for. “I was very disappointed. Heartbroken,” she said. “And while I’m sitting at the funeral, I’m fussing at God. I don’t understand why this happened. I don’t understand why he didn’t send angels to protect us, but in the very next breath I’m praying as hard to Him as I’ve ever prayed in my life for Landon to live.”
The immense trauma Landon had suffered was concentrated on his head. Still in a coma, he was hooked up to many machines that were trying desperately to keep him alive. Time seemed to stand still as Julie waited, and prayed. Two weeks later, a miracle occurred.
Landon woke up from the coma and, on the hospital bed, opened his eyes to his mother. Somehow he suffered no brain damage. Julie was thrilled but now she had to break the news to Landon about his father. She tentatively asked, “Do you know where your Dad is at?”
Landon’s reply would shock us all. “Yes! I know where he’s at. I saw him in Heaven.” Landon’s journey to Heaven happened when he died for the third time in his coma. Meeting Jesus was a life-changing – and life-giving – experience. He says that “Jesus told me that I have to go back to earth and be a good Christian and tell others about him.” That’s exactly what Landon is doing now.
Landon’s message to us is the following:
“I know I’m doing it for Jesus. I know that he’s real, I know that angels are there. I know that there’s a Heaven. I’m not doing it for someone I don’t know or that I’ve never seen. I’ve seen Jesus. I know he’s there. He’s asked me to do this and this is what I’m doing.”
As inspiring as the miracle of Landon’s multiple deaths is, his mission in life should be just as inspiring to all of us.