Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Behind a thundering providence...

Our recent camping experience ended with a rather interesting turn of events. We were caught in the middle of a lightening storm, with very little time to take cover. I heard a loud bolt of thunder, and with it, an almost simultaneous flash of bright light; the proximity of the light and sound let me know that this was very close. We took two vans with us (for all our gear). When we knew that we needed to take cover, we went to the nearest vehicle - which was our grey Plymouth Voyager, rather than our green Dodge Caravan, which was no more than thirty feet away. To comfort the children, and to give them a sense of the wonder of the moment, I began reading Psalm 18 to them - Psalm 18 is where King David likens the power of God to that of a lightening storm! Well, it wasn't but a few minutes later that we saw, and heard, a remarkable bolt of lightening strike...



The lightening struck this tree and then rippled down towards the green van beneath...

The lightening bolt then hit the van and ripped several holes in the metal exterior of the van...
Then the bolt wrapped around the exterior of the rear of the van and headed for the ground near the rear right wheel...
It was here that the lightening terminated and blew out the rear tire - leaving a hole large enough for me to stick my hand inside!
In the providence of God - our old van was destroyed, and, with the generous help of the brethren at Pilgrim Bible Church, we were able to replace the Dodge van with a newer, larger - people mover - A Ford F-350 11 passenger van!