14 June 2010

How Faint a Whisper

Since we arrived in Pignon, it has been David’s ambition to take some lightning pictures. (Some people might remember the amazing pictures he took in Nampa, Idaho: click here if you missed them.) We’ve tried a few times, to no avail, but a few nights ago, we finally had the perfect storm, so to speak. No wind, so he could get some palm trees in the shot; no rain, so we could stand outside; enough clear sky over our heads, so we weren’t in constant fear of getting struck by lightning.

My eyes began to adjust as we descended the cement stairs—Pignon is one of the world’s darkest places, and it’s hard to forget it. Out on the dirt playground, the lightning was still far off, but as it moved closer, it began to encircle us. It played between the clouds, illuminating them to hide the stars. They were like a veil, dreamlike, glowing and fading like a firefly. I hardly knew where to look—huge bolts alternated between heaven and earth—we were surrounded by a spectacular show, and I didn’t want to miss any of it. Yet when I checked behind us, over our tin-roofed apartment, I could still see stars, stars, stars, so hopefully, we were safe enough.

The resemblance of the clouds to fireflies stirred up a bit of jealousy in me—David’s sister, Marybeth, was recently bragging about her fireflies in Baltimore. Yet no sooner had the thought entered my head than David said, “Hey, look.” A firefly was floating overhead—I didn’t even know they had them here. In the midst of this incredible display, I couldn’t help but remember Job’s words: “And these are but the outer fringe of his works; how faint a whisper we hear of him! Who then can understand the thunder of his power?” The God great enough to orchestrate such a storm also knew the desires of our hearts—lightning for David, lightning bugs for me.

Praise God with us for how extravagantly He blesses us, and please pray for wisdom as we try to schedule our household shipment this week.
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  1. Great shots! Praying for you!

  2. Beautiful story, Christine! I love lightning AND lightning bugs myself. Thanks for sharing these photos and word pictures. ~ Michele

  3. Yay! I'm glad you have lightning bugs, too. They make the world a happier place. ;)

  4. Cool lightning photos! I'm envious! ;-)

    Next challenge: Lightning *and* lightning bugs in the same shot! Well, okay -- maybe that's impossible due to the exposure differences. But a composite could work perhaps, with the same camera position for both. :-)