Yep- its true- a 6 story statue of Jesus near a church in Ohio got struck by lightning yesterday. You can read about it here- http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_lightning_strikes_jesus_statue .
According to the story, the statue was 60 feet high, and 40 feet wide at the base and constructed of a steel frame covered in fiberglass material. The statue had been outside a church since 2004.
I know what you're thinking- if a statue of Jesus can get struck by fire from the sky, what hope is there for me?
There is a bit of research about being struck by lightning that I found on this website http://www.weather.gov/om/lightning/medical.htm you can read about odds of being struck, and the effects of it.
Here's an interesting fact according to the site- if you live to be 80 years old, you have a one in 6250 chance of being struck by lightning. I honestly thought there was less of a chance than that. I've always said I had a greater chance of being struck by lightning than winning the lottery. I guess its true in this case.
Here's what I think- this statue was made of a steel frame. Steel frames more than likely attract lightening, therefore, when the strike happened, it connected to the largest metal frame it could find- this statue.
I'm sure that people somewhere are going to say that it was God striking down an idol, or that it was God destroying a statue He didn't agree with.
I don't agree. I think lightning struck and happened to strike a statue of Jesus in Ohio.
Here's the deal- we all have stuff that happens in our life. Stuff that we don't like or do like. There is an element of control that we have in some situations, but for the most part, we're at the whim of situations that we may find ourselves in. In the case of lightening, we can choose to not go swimming, or choose to go inside during a storm, etc. But at the end of the day, we can't control everything. There is always an element of the uncontrollables, or the actions of others, that we cannot control.
So what to do? Live your life to the fullest. Praise God daily. Love others constantly. Wear your seat belt and your life vest, but realize that you can't live your life in fear of being struck by lightning or dying unexpectedly.
Sure, a statue of Jesus may get struck by lightning, but that doesn't mean that God is up in the sky looking for someone to strike. That's an irrational fear.