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“Out of the Mouth of Babes” A Storm Full of Miracles


Some days just don’t turn out as you expected.

One hot, July night in 1994 I learned a great lesson in trusting God. Not only that, but how he used my 5 year old daughter to teach me how to come to him with child like faith.

Recently divorced, we moved into a brand new basement apartment we built in my parent’s vacation home in the mountains of Western NC. 3 weeks in this beautiful landscape I would never have thought God was going to save my life that night.

Giving my daughter some cold medicine I put her to bed around 7:30 pm. Mom was upstairs doing whatever.

Finally able to sit down, I noticed the sky seemed strange looking. It wasn’t long after that you could hear a few rumbles of thunder. Storms in the mountains can become vicious in a matter of minutes.

Checking on my daughter periodically she slept as peacefully and deeply as always.

By 9:00 pm the storm began to rage. It wasn’t just raining; it was dropping buckets of water from the sky with a vengeance. Thunder, lightning and wind roared consistently giving a free light show. This wasn’t just any summer storm; it was a gully washer pouring its wrath on the mountain top.

About 9:30 I decided even as the storm seemed to worsen to head for bed.

In this little apartment my bedroom was directly across from the bathroom. The bathroom was quite large with a siding window to the left of the door and the mirror directly in front. I left the window opened as we didn’t need A/C.

After brushing my teeth, I turned around and walked out. Once my feet stepped from the linoleum of the bathroom floor onto the carpet, a thunder ball of lightning  hit.  I thought it was a bomb.

Turning around, the bathroom looked like a war zone. Glass, debris, plaster from the wall was flying everywhere. Pieces of the mirror were flying through the air slamming into the wall making crevices where they stuck. The screen on the window was blown out allowing leaves, limbs and other flying objects into the bathroom. And then I smelled something burning.

Standing there in absolute shock, watching this horror movie  I was aware enough I needed to get in there and shut the window. Finally after a few minutes I ran in between the debris flying and closed it.

Turning around came the next big shocker. If you have ever smelled linoleum burning, you know it stinks.  My brand new floor looked like a melting pot of mush.

The 4-6 inch hole in the cement allowed me to see the ground below the slab. Talk about seeing a ghost. It was as if the ground had blown up.

Getting my senses I ran out to check on my daughter. Sound asleep, she hadn’t heard a thing. Feeling a little woozy, I found my way to the steps and sat down. Mom ran down the steps and asked me if I was ok.

She took one look at me and told me I was pale. She asked what happened and all I could muster up was to point to the bathroom.  Her reaction to the hole in the cement was she needed to sit down too.

At that point I realized we needed to call the fire department. Living on this steep mountain in the middle of this raging storm, 5 fire trucks, police cars and the EMS showed up. Running around checking the house for burned wires, etc. they declared it was safe except for the bathroom which looked like a tornado had run right through it.

According to the Fire Chief, lightning struck the water line out at the street and made its way underground and blew a hole about 6 inches in diameter through almost 6 inches of cement. My respect for lightning has never been the same since.

There are quite a few miracles involved in that one night of terror.

A few seconds made the difference in me getting slashed, cut or hit by broken glass or debris.

Had I been standing between the toilet and the bathtub, I might not be writing this now.

The cement that was blown out saved my mother‘s life who was in the bathtub directly above it upstairs. Had the floor in my bathroom not blown up, the lightning would have continued through the water line and electrocuted her.

Last but not least was “sleeping beauty” who never woke up. In fact we tried to explain the story to her the next day. The noise, the firemen running around the house even going in her room to check on her. The massive hole in the bathroom floor didn’t convince her we were telling her the truth.

Reflecting on this life changing event many years later I can sum it up like this.

God not only saved my life, he saved my mother too.

God taught me the power of lightning is nothing to mess with.

And maybe most of all is the power of a little 5 year old girl, who didn’t hear, see or know the storm was wreaking havoc on our new home.

As Jesus slept on a boat in a blustery storm, so did she.

The best words I can think of to describe that night was  “Out of the mouth of babes.”





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17 thoughts on ““Out of the Mouth of Babes” A Storm Full of Miracles

  1. A great testimony to the grace and mercy of God in your life.

  2. I absolutely agree with Larry~~ He saved lives! For HIS glory and honor. I was in a similar situation (at 14 yrs old) and all I can say is that for many years I was terrified of lightening. I thank God He saved your life, your mom’s and your sweet daughter.
    Praising Him for His never ending mercy and love!

  3. Lightning hit our home once too. It was not fun, and it blew up on television set. So I feel ya!! Lord, be with my blog friend, as the recover the damages from the strike. Amen!

  4. wow, what a story! another proof that god loves us and that his timing for going to him is perfect. i loved reading this and i wish so many more could read it that are doubting God. thank you for sharing this with me

  5. Wow, that is incredible! God can truly do miraculous things. Excellent writing; my nerves were on edge as I read that! (Of course, that could have something to do with my fear of getting struck by lightning) 🙂
    God bless,

    • Yes Teen Theme I am glad this inspired you. Once you get that close to lightning it changes you. I wish so much I had pictures of the bathroom floor with that hole  and the linoleum melting. It was like a movie. If I hadn’t seen it for myself I wouldn’t have believed it. But it really happened.

      Cathy Craig Neil, PMIC/Guardian Property Management, LLC 803-840-1946 blog: http://www.craigmotor.wordpress.com author/columnist: http://www.believers.bay.com

  6. What an extraordinary God we serve! God is powerful. Lightning is nothing to play with. We become still when it storms.I truly fear God and His wrath is nothing to challenge.

    A Woman After God’s Own Heart ♥

  7. Naphtali, I love the color of your blog…♥


  8. Gave me chills. I love hearing stories like this. It really cements my faith. And I’ve been waiting for a post I believe you told us you were going to write about in July….something about a vision? I’ve been so out of the loop lately that I may have missed it or have lost my mind or something. 🙂

    • Chrystal if you have lost your mind we are in trouble! No I am with you there. Sometimes I feel like life is so weird. One day I get it I think and the next I am somewhere else. Anyway I am humbled that you remembered I would write a post in July about my vision….haven’t yet but will do it on July 19th; hint it is my daughter’s 24th birthday. And I will tell you this vision set in motion the rest of my life.

      Cathy Craig Neil, PMIC/Guardian Property Management, LLC 803-840-1946 blog: http://www.craigmotor.wordpress.com author/columnist: http://www.believers.bay.com

      • Yeah, it feels like life is just spinning out of control sometimes…I really am very interested in hearing about visions (dreams, etc.) because I’ve experienced some stuff that most around me don’t understand or look at me strangely….then I start to doubt myself…I feel that God has me on a path that I’m trying to understand right now so hearing that others experience these things are so affirming to me.

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