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As I turned off the corrugated dirt road, on to the smooth highway I saw it in my rear-view mirror. The beginnings of a lightning storm that would rival any storm I have ever experience before or since.

It had been a wonderfully warm August weekend at camp in the heart of the prairies. I readied myself for the late-night drive home.

A guest post by Rev. Charity Mongrain, a much loved pastor, lightning watcher, wordsmith and a misguided Bombers fan. She’s a self-declared “divine work in progress.” Her enlightening experience with lightning is typical of how she hears the Lord.

A Visual Conversation

Sheet lightning.

Bolts that touched the earth. Ones that went from cloud to cloud and shot straight across the sky. Some lasted the blink of an eye. Others caused me to hold my breath.

Amazing, awe-inspiring power was on display. I was surrounded by this visual conversation between me and the Lightning Maker.

Instantly, the soundless sky shouted and proclaimed “Let there be Light” and there it was. Flash after flash, a constant reminder to me, of how differently things can look; day night; truth lies; right wrong.

A New Understanding

It takes but a moment to shatter the darkness. It may only last a moment…one here and one there and as the rhythm of the storm quickens the pace it is a fantastic display.

In that moment I was reminded, no not reminded – impressed upon – indented – there now was a brand-new understanding.

I – serve – the Lightning Maker.

Living In The Light

In my life, there have been times when I choose not to remember this and find myself in a dark and lonely place, where I forget the Lightning Maker. I choose to “pack it in.” Pack my belonging, gifts and talents and move there.

I sit alone in the quiet darkness and forget that the Lightning Maker wants me to live in His light, to experience His Power and to avail myself of it.

All of a sudden, the song on the radio rises above the noise. “Give me your eyes for just a second” …the sky flashes bright – the song continues. “Give me your eyes so I can see.” Another flash…

My mind wanders. Could it be that Lightning Maker wants to use this Storm to “show” me something, to open my eyes? The radio continues to direct this message. “Yours” starts, FLASH “everything is Yours”. BOOM BOLT.

A Divine Composition

The soundtrack continues song after song after every song. Ones that speak of freedom, of seeing through God’s eyes. It’s as though the writers on the radio and the creator of the lightning have come together to compose this piece just for me this night.

As the flashes of lightning light the sky, as the bolts jump from cloud to cloud, as heaven and earth were connected every moment a bolt of lightning crashed down the conversation between me and the Lightening Maker continues to resonate in my soul.

How can I ever choose the darkness again once I’ve experience this unique communion with the Lightning Maker.

What are your experiences with lightening or enlightenment? Please leave a comment for Charity below. Thank you.

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Bob Jones

Happily married to Jocelyn for 44 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vincent and daughter Jayda; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love inspiring people through communicating, blogging, and coaching. I enjoy writing, running, and reading. I'm a fan of the Double E, Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers


  • Carole Schlachta says:

    Light will always dispell the darkness. Einstein
    What a wonderful presentation of the light in our lives.
    I particularly liked when you said it was dark and then it was look (light).
    So clear too that God is never late to deal with our dark times.
    Thank you for the powerful picture and reminder.

  • Adena Lowry says:

    One summer I found myself running along the St. Lawrence River in Quebec City. The lightening and the thunder began on my kilometer 15 of my 21 km run. I had to remove my ear buds because every time there was lightening, there was crackling through the wires of my headphones. I ran the last 5 km a lot faster now being serenaded by the storm. I made it to my hotel without getting wet, but remember feeling the downpour at my heels. God certainly protects us exactly where we are.

  • Cynthia Victor says:

    Beautiful reminder of who our maker is. Watching out day and night ,shining that light to lift us out dark days, darkness. Thank you for sharing ,sure made me think of many times that lightning lifted me.

  • Bob Jones says:

    I can imagine you running by the river in a storm. QC is a beautiful place to be and feeling secure in God is as well.

  • Bob Jones says:

    Thank you Cynthia for commenting.

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