There was an amazing storm last night! Thunder with lightening and rain filled the sky. I noticed that most of the rain here happens during the night; it’s rare that it rains throughout the day. When I was living in my apartment, the closest I came to storms like that, was waking up and seeing the ground all wet and thinking, “Huh! It must have rained last night. Maybe I should bring my umbrella.” Oh yes, I do remember in wetter days, wading through puddles and icy sheets of rain, but those times were so rare that I remember specific incidents, not a general weather pattern.
The storm last night was so intense that I started to get scared! It’s one of the blessings I get, living in the Hilton – I’m a lot closer to nature and weather than I’ve ever been. Being scared sometimes, being filled with awe and dread about the natural world, is not a bad thing! Child of the modern culture that I am, I immediately began to google about the safety of being in a lightening storm in your car, and what the seconds between the lightening and the thunder actually means in terms of distance from the lightening strike. No, the rubber wheels don’t really protect you from lightening! And being on your cell phone adds a little more risk.
What could I do but put my phone down at that point, and experience the storm? I should have been sleeping, but wasn’t upset about being awake because I was so in awe of the experience I was having. Rain was pelting the roof with vengeance, and thunder roaring, lightening flashing filling my van with light, and I was lying there, so warm and cozy in my nice blankets, participating in my own way. I never expected that being entranced by a storm would be one of the benefits of moving into my van. I expected to have to endure storms, not participate in them. Though I needed the sleep, I was filled with awe and gratitude, and a little fear, and the experience was incredible! When it passed, I drifted off to sleep again.