Lightning Strikes in the Sky

Trip Start Jul 20, 2007
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Trip End Jul 28, 2007


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Friday, July 20, 2007

Heathrow, Friday, lunchtime
So the motorways were clear - for once everyone's heeded the Met Office warning.  I wonder if it makes a difference it being a Friday?  Perhaps we could schedule severe weather for Fridays and Mondays.   Heathrow prooves itself to be the normal blessing it is to those who enjoy reading. You get heaps of time to immerse yourself in a book, including time spent on the steps down to the tarmac where we wait for a bus to the plane.  My top tip for travelling?   Never, never be without something to read.

We board.  'Sorry folks for the delay.  The plane was hit by lightning on the way over from Ireland.  We had to do a few checks.  And now we have lost our take off slot.  Air traffic control says we may have to wait for an hour and a half'.  That's fine.  I am only half way through reading about the astonishing life of General William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army.  What a showman!  What a bunch of outrageous stunt pullers!  They would do anything to pull in a crowd.  If they could they would have organised special lightning strikes. 

Would I be ready to meet God if I was struck by lightning or this plane fell out of the sky.  I am not bothered too much about the thought of being dead, its the process of dying that lacks appeal.  So actually lightning strike or the plane falling out of the sky might not be a bad way to go. But would I be ready to meet God?  Yeah, I think so, because I have encountered him before.  It was awesome, and I mean I was genuinely awestruck - here I was in the prescence of the Almighty (and bowing before him on my knees, weeping, came instinctively).  But I had a huge sense of just how much He loved me.  That encounter is seared onto my mind.  It is a never to be forgotten memory.  That is why I am a perigrinati.
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