The Lightning Strike

We experienced a crazy thunderstorm by Northern Ireland standards last night. There were reports of torrential rain, mud slides and extensive flooding across the country. It hit our village at around 11:00 pm, starting with heavy rain. A little while later the thunder and lightning arrived, lighting up the night sky like a fireworks display and setting off every dog and car alarm in the vicinity.

At one point two lightning bolts struck simultaneously in fields either side of our house. Pandemonium reigned. The girls were in tears, Charlie the border terrier was going berserk and Adam was running around gleefully singing the ‘Thunderbuddies’ song from ‘Ted’. Fionnuala managed to capture the entire episode on her phone before posting it on Facebook. It went viral! Well she had over 200 views which is more a slight head cold than a virus but still good right?

Eventually the storm passed and order was restored. The girls settled down and everyone went back to their respective beds. I had never been as close to a lightning strike and was amazed by the power of its impact on the surrounding area. The force, the light and the accompanying noise. It was a spectacle I will never forget. I also thought to myself that I couldn’t wait until the following morning to blog about it.

I have been humbled and encouraged by the growth of this blog and the positive feedback we have received regarding it. I thank God every day for giving me the inspiration and motivation to write. And I hope that somewhere it is making a difference in the lives of people. Whenever I used to write online I did so for attention. It was all about how clever I was. When the lightning bolt struck I wanted it to illuminate Stephen. I wanted the world to acknowledge me for the great person I was.

I still want lightning to strike now when I write but for different reasons. I want it to leave a lasting impression in the lives of others. I want it to turn their darkness into light and show them the way out of whatever hole they have fallen into. I want it to open their eyes and ears to hope and a future free from whatever demons have crept into their hearts. And I want to reveal the truth and allow them to see beyond the lies of this world. To reveal how precious and unique they are.

You may be trapped in a storm in your life right now. You may see no way out. You may be terrified by the lightning and soaked to the bone. You may be on the point of giving up. But storms pass. They do not last forever. And one day you will wake up and it will be over. The air will be crisp and clean. The sun will be shining and your world will be different. Changed. The storm will have changed you. You will be stronger and wiser. For in the heart of every storm there is light. And where there is light there is truth. And hope. 

John 8:12 – ‘When Jesus spoke again to the people he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’

Please feel free to share your thoughts about this post.

What is the nearest you have ever been to a lightning strike?

Have you ever found light in the midst of a storm?

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  1. Beautiful! Thank you, I needed that today. I live in California so haven’t seen lightening for a while, but I’m from Ohio so I remember it. I once drove through Arizona during a brief and silent lightening display which had a strength I had never seen-and colors!

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  2. A great post indeed.👍👍

    Storms (especially storms of life) do pass for sure, no matter how long they might last. We come out stronger and wiser, especially when we view it positively and put our faith in God. He is ever faithful, and will always make a way of escape for us to be victorious to the glory of His name (1Corinthians 10:13).

    Thanks for sharing. Remain blessed always!👍👍

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  3. Absolutely, storms do indeed pass, and while it’s difficult to remember this when you’re in the middle of one, it’s very important to remember! Does this make sense?

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  4. When the Lord uses His children illuminate the darkness of our world, much commotion ensues! Lightning speaks of sudden and unexpected illumination, immeasureable power, and pathless (yet distinctive) activity. Perhaps the Lord is giving you an image of reflect on regarding Who He is.

    To borrow an excerpt from the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (speaking of Aslan, the Christ-like figure in the book):

    – “Aslan is a lion – the Lion, the great Lion.”
    – “Ooh,” said Susan. “I’d thought he was a man. Is he – quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion.”
    – “Safe?” said Mr Beaver. “Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

    [https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/344456-aslan-is-a-lion–the-lion-the-great-lion-ooh]

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