The dark room was suddenly illuminated with magnificent light. I sat straight up in bed, disoriented from being sound asleep. The room went black again. Then the glass in my bedroom windows began to vibrate. I leapt to my feet in confusion, but before I could take a step, BA-BOOM! Something exploded outside, shaking the entire house.

Isaac! I screamed on the inside. I bolted toward the steps that led upstairs to where my teenage son slept. When I reached the first step, he was already barreling down them. We yelled simultaneously, “What was that?”

I jerked open the front door and Isaac and I ran onto the porch. We lurched to a stop.

“Oh—My—Gosh,” I managed to utter.

“Oh—My—Gosh,” Isaac repeated.

We were standing in the middle of a winter wonderland! Total silence. Five inches of beautiful white stuff covering everything. More white stuff falling from the sky. Our Alabama-where-it-never-snows mouths hung wide open.

“This is eerie—like the Twilight Zone,” I mused. “At first I thought it might be the second coming of Jesus!”

“I thought the same thing!” Isaac exclaimed.

We laughed a bit nervously. We went back inside the house to check the TV for a special news alert about an explosion in our area. There wasn’t one. I decided to get on Twitter. Surely someone else in our community saw that bright light and heard that loud boom.

I was right. One tweet after another talked about the thundersnow we had just experienced. Thundersnow! I’d never even heard the word before. Apparently, it is an extremely rare weather phenomenon. And for Alabama, it is almost unheard of. I felt a twinge of excitement… I had witnessed one of God’s marvels of nature!

Watch closely. Listen intently. You never know what phenomenon of God you might get to experience today.


“Have you ever traveled to where snow is made? Can you find your way to where lightning is launched, or to the place from which the wind blows? Who do you suppose charts the route of thunderstorms? And who do you think is the father of rain and dew, the mother of ice and frost? You don’t for a minute imagine these marvels of weather just happen, do you?” (Job 38:22-30 MSG).

Author’s Note: This weather phenomenon occurred on January 9, 2011.


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