‘The Stray’ Movie Director Recounts Terrifying Moment He Was Struck by Lightning – And The One Word that Saved His Life

By: Leah Marieann Klett

Mitch Davis was camping with his 9-year-old son, two other little boys, and his dog, Pluto in the remote mountains of Colorado when tragedy struck – literally.

“The actual memory of the moment is completely erased, but the boys tell me that lightning came through the roof of the tent, hit me in the heart, and I flew back,” Davis told The Gospel Herald in an exclusive interview. “A significant portion of the lightning that was in my body went out of my right hand and into the kid next to me and bounced around from kid to kid. They tell me that I was on my back and my eyes were wide open, but they were rolled back into my head and they didn’t think I was breathing. They thought I was dead.”

He continued, “During that period I have no memory of anything except after several minutes, I began to be able to hear. I could hear the boys crying, screaming, and praying for me. I heard my son say, ‘don’t die, dad! Please don’t die.’ I heard one of the boys promise God he would never do another bad thing in his life if I would just wake up. I could hear them, but I couldn’t respond or react.”

At that moment, darkness came over Mitch, and he began to die.

“I could feel that I was leaving the scene and that I wasn’t going to come back,” he recalled. “And that was a very frightening experience. I instinctively felt that if I could pray, I somehow would be released from this darkness. But, I couldn’t – it was like my tongue was bound, I was just completely unable to even formulate a prayer in my mind because I felt like I was being smothered.”

However, God had other plans for Mitch’s life. As he lay on the ground, dying, he heard a voice – God’s voice.

Mitch was able to say one word – “Father” – and as soon as he uttered that word, he was released from his paralysis.

“My eyes rolled forward, I stuck my head up, I looked around, I was conscious, the darkness was gone, and I was alive,” he said. “It was very much a message from God, and the message was, ‘I love you, you’re good enough, ask in confidence and I will hear your prayers and I will answer them.'”

This terrifying experience serves as the climax of Davis’ upcoming film, “The Stray”, hitting theaters this October.

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