An 11-year-old boy survived a lightning strike after the community came together to pray. “This was a story about the power of lightning, but it really ought to be a story about the power of prayer,” the family pastor said.
11-year-old boy survives
Levi Stock and his family were out on a fishing trip in Riverview, Hillsborough County. When they saw the skies getting gray, they prepared to tie up their boat, but then, a bolt of lightning suddenly struck Levi. It hit his lower back up to his left foot, causing him to stumble off the boat.
Levi’s dad dove after the boy and pulled him out of the water. Levi’s mother recalled, “When we first saw him, he wasn’t responsive at all. He would cry out in pain.”
The father performed CPR until the medical emergency team arrived on the scene. Derek described the moment to their family pastor, Daniel Butson. “‘Daniel, it was like it lasted an eternity,” he shared. “It might have been five or 10 minutes, but it felt like forever.”
Power of prayer
Levi was sent into the ICU, but the family had only one request for the community, “Please pray.”
Pastor Butson said, “We dropped everything [and] started praying. We let our whole church know to start praying. The community began to pray. People at the dock were praying… I know this was a story about the power of lightning, but it really ought to be a story about the power of prayer.”
After just days in the hospital, Levi recovered incredibly. They credited God for the speedy recovery. Levi’s father shared, “We watched a miracle from God as He has healed our sweet boy.”
“We want to thank each and every one of you for praying. They have been felt! Your continued prayers for the pain in his legs to subside would be so appreciated.”