Faith & Life: When Lightning Strikes


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When Lightning Strikes

Make Each Day Count Since Life is Fleeting

by J.M. Troppello


I went out to check the vegetable garden today and picked four cucumbers and 5 plum tomatoes and 1 cherry tomato. It was very humid and felt like it might rain, even though the sky was still blue. I checked the AccuWeather app on my phone and it called for thunderstorms in about an hour.


It was really hot outside, so I was glad I didn’t have to take the time to pull out the hose from the garage to water the garden. Instead, I walked back up the stairs to our deck to sit and relax for a bit.


I went back inside about 20 minutes later, and my husband called. He finished work and was on his way home. We chatted for a few minutes and then I had to get off the phone so I could finish up on my article editing.


About thirty minutes later, I saw him back up his work truck into the driveway. He usually fills up the water buckets for work the next day. However, the heavy rain started. I heard thunder and saw a flash of lightning and figured he’d just come inside and fill the buckets in the morning.


He always cleans his boots with the boot brush in the garage and comes inside from the back entrance. I was working in the living room. When he came inside, he said, “A lightning bolt struck the ground literally a few feet from me, near the back door.”


My eyes widened. I said, “Wow, I’m glad it didn’t hit you!”


Now, I used to hear it said that you have a one in a million chance of getting struck by lightning. However, the National Weather Service (NWS) reports that you actually have a “1 in 15,300 chance of getting struck by lightning in your lifetime.” The NWS reported that if you got struck by lightning, you could suffer from brain damage or cardiac arrest.


Life is fleeting


“Human life is as evanescent as the morning dew or a flash of lightning.” – Samuel Butler

I cleaned house today—while my 6- and 7-year-old nieces were over—and that was a lot of extra work, but a lot of fun. When my sister came to pick them up after her appointment, I said they wanted to help clean the bathroom. And they got a bit wet.


We both chuckled and she said she was not surprised about that. I said I wasn’t surprised either and that it was a fun time cleaning today.


I got a later start on work and wasn’t sure what to write about. Then when my husband came home and shared about the lightning strike, I thought it could work well in an article.


Life Lesson


13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow [a]we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; 14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” 16 But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. – James 4:13-16 (NKJV)

Since I always have to bring everything around to a life lesson I’ve learned, here’s my lesson for today.


  • Life is short.

  • Make every second count.

  • Live for God’s Kingdom.


Now, I don’t always follow these three lessons. However, it’s good every now and then to be reminded about the brevity of life. Hopefully, you never see a lightning strike up close like my husband did today. Yet, may this lesson resonate with you and help you to make every second count.

About the Author


Joanne Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


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