When lightning strikes sand the extreme temperatures cause the sand to fuse into glass. The hollow tubes, known as fulgurites, are formed in less than a second, but given that they are made of glass they can last forever. They are rare and (in my opinion) quite amazing, but I’m lucky enough to have a couple of very small ones.
A few years back when we moved to New England we were in the Chicago O’Hare airport. My wife was carrying our two week old son and hurting from her recent C-section and I was trying to hurry with our two young daughters while dragging around a whole slew of backpacks, carry-ons, and car seats. We were trying to catch our connecting flight and were running across the airport as quickly as we could.
It was an incredibly stressful time for all of us. I remember standing in line waiting for the train to take us to the correct terminal and seeing all the business men and women glaring at us and our tired and not-so-quiet kids. Not a single one of them offered to help us.
As we climbed off the train and rushed to catch our flight one of our girls started to cry because she was too tired to run anymore. As I stopped to try to help her a teenage boy came up and offered to help. I looked at him in surprise and he smiled as I loaded him up with a couple of car seats. I grabbed my daughter and we ran. We barely made it. The stewardess was literally closing the door as we came running up.
I quickly thanked the young man, but it wasn’t until after I got on the plane that I realized that I never learned his name. Like a lightning bolt he was there and then gone, but the imprint he made on our lives was permanent. I doubt he even remembers his brief act of service, but I’ll never forget it. My wife and I still pray for that young man because even if we don’t know his name, I’m positive our Heavenly Father does.