Sunday, August 5, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

"Lightning Strike!"
Photo by Felix Mittermeier on Unsplash
A few days ago, I was busy working in my studio on my writing when I realized I needed to work on my photography for a while. I’d been so busy writing, posting, social media, and some gardening chores thrown in, the time had gotten away from me.

I recently photographed a PR event for a local dog rescue at an assisted living/memory care place. As I was going through my images, I noticed the clouds beginning to gather forming a storm. I enjoy storms and have a magnificent view of the skies as they go through the area plus they darken my studio a bit making it easier to work. I didn’t pay much attention to it as it was just another summer storm coming in. This summer, though, it is a bit odd as we have had no rain much less thunderstorms. Good, we need the rain so maybe I can quit watering my plants every day.

As I began going through the images I was quickly distracted when I realized the storm was going to be more severe than I realized. The rain began and quickly turned to a very heavy rain with the winds blowing. As the winds blew and the rains began to almost come down in a straight line, I began wondering if a tornado might be in the making as the winds seemed to be getting stronger and rains heavier.

I went back to going through my images to be processed periodically looking out the window keeping an eye on the storm. Then, suddenly, it happened. A bolt of lightning strikes the ground across the field from my house, not as far as that description made it seem. A little closer, it might have hit the power lines a little further away, a home might have been struck. WOW! Truly amazing!
"Lightning in the Skies"
Photo by Leon Contreras on Unsplash

The lightning strike reminded me of my boyhood days sitting on the porch at my grandmother’s house during a thunderstorm. A train was supposed to be coming and we thought it was really cool to sit on the porch watching the storm while waiting. May not have been the wisest idea and my grandmother repeatedly reinforced it wasn’t.

After my grandmother went inside, I stayed on the porch to watch the storm and wait for the train. Within seconds, a bolt of lightning hit the rail of the railroad track closest to the house. The bolt bounced up and down on and off the rail for as far as I could see. Even the train signal flickered with the strike.

At that time, I didn’t think much about it. After all, I was a curious kid thought, whether I knew it or not, nothing was going to hurt me! Of course, I was wrong as it certainly could have! Now that I am around 45 years older, I am more contemplative and analytical, probably some cynical and sarcasm thrown in too. I’ve thought several times about that incident and the more recent one realizing my life could have been over in a flash. Literally.

I got to thinking more and more about that point. In both instances, if the lightning had been a little closer, I would have been seriously hurt, maybe even killed. Am I ready for what could have come next? Yes, I am. As a Christian, I know that when I die, my soul will go on to live with Jesus in Heaven. It's not over. I’m not at the end of the line. I’m headed to heaven. It’s a blessed assurance that I was given when I accepted Christ as my Savior when I was a teenager.

The wisest and greatest decision I have made in this life was when I became a Christian those many years ago. If you would like to learn more about the Christian life and becoming a Christian, please visit Peace With God,