Along with the rest of the excitement of the July 4th weekend were the storms. The storms were not just over the weekend, however. There were storms several days last week. After one of the storms, God painted a beautiful rainbow in the sky. It was faint and did not last long, but it was a wonderful reminder of God's love.
The storm Friday night was quite bad. We were on our way home and almost drove right into it. When we were getting ready to turn down one road, I saw that the trees were leaning quite a bit under the force of the wind. The sky was glowing yellow and orange under the canopy of black clouds. At my urging, Christy turned the car around; and we took a back road and headed out to 74. From there we went up to Ingles to wait out the storm. I was not able to get pictures as it was too dark.
Later we learned that the storm had winds of at least 60 miles per hour and that the lightning was severe. The lighting was very bad even at Ingles. One boy even got "zapped" by lighting as he and some other boys were coming into the store. He was still rubbing his foot a while later.
In Boiling Springs, a house got struck by lightning. There was a fire, but it was contained in the attic. A roof was torn off an old empty store building. Also, the roof was torn off the Masonic Lodge. Some trees were down and power out in places as well.
We are grateful for the Lord's protection and that He made a way for us around the storm. Below are some pictures of some of the storm clouds we saw last week and two pictures of the rainbow.
"9He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet. 10And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind. 11He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies. 12At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire. 13The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire. 14Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them." (Psalm 18:9-14)