…back when I was living in New Brunswick, considering Catholicism but still technically Lutheran, I was up one night reading through Genesis, the very first chapter.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…
As my wife and son slept (my youngest boy only existed in God’s mind at this time), I read through the entire chapter and part way into the second chapter-- and somewhere along here I thought in prayer to God, “God, is this for real?”
No sooner did I complete my inward prayer when – boom – a straight lighning bolt shot down from the sky off into the fields of Midgic about perhaps 3 kilometers away. I am not making this up-- the lightning bolt was totally straight and without any little jagged electrical forks one normally sees with lightning bolts.
I sat there in my living room, my eyes moving in awe back and forth several times from the bible in my hands to night sky outside the picture window. I was kind of shocked for a few moments wondering if I just imagined seeing and hearing this.
Then I quickly got up and looked out the picture window. There were two faint nearly transparent cirrus clouds to either side of my nightime view, neither one in anyway close to the perspective where I saw the lightning bolt come down.
I then went outside, looking around for some sign of some kind of thunder coud which could have produced it-- and there was nothing even close to a cloud which could have generated it.
To this day I still wonder about this event. I might sometime walk out there and see if I can find a very straight fulgurite that may have been preserved in the soil.
Note : Fulgurites (from the Latin fulgur meaning thunderbolt) are natural hollow carrot-shaped glass tubes formed in quartzose sand or soil by lightning strikes. In the right kind of sand the extreme heat generated will form silica glass shapes that trace the path of the lightning. The structures are also known as Petrified Lightning.
Anyone have any thoughts on this?
Anybody ever have somrthing like this happen to them?