When I was a senior in high school I worked at a youth development center as a computer lab monitor and youth mediator. I would hangout in the computer lab and talk with my peers, we’d go back and forth on varying topics. One day, one of the guys in the lab started asking me about my religion because he’d caught wind of me saying I didn’t celebrate Christmas. I usually don’t entertain people when they start questioning me about things that are essentially none of their business, but I had just smoked a blunt on a 15-minute break and felt like I’d had the patience to really go in on the topic.
He’d proceeded to say that because I wasn’t religious and didn’t celebrate jesus’s birthday, that somehow I’d be smite down by God with a bolt of lightening. I couldn’t believe his intensity. I replied back to him saying, if anything you’re the one God would smite solely based on the fact that you are condemning someone who has their own personal relationship with God, but just in a different way. I continued to tell him that if God is really what it is then we are free to use our imaginations and make of it what we will. He did not like my response. He continued to yap away yelling “God will strike you down”, at that point I’d decided he was a lost cause. I didn’t want to spend any more time going back and forth while he spewed his nonsense in front of everyone in the computer lab, so I let it go. Eventually it was time to leave since the youth center was closing for the day.
As everyone started to make their way out to the bus stop, I noticed the weather starting to get cloudy. I waited across the street for the bus, and could see that the young man that I’d argued with was across the street with his homies still on the runway, talking and carrying on. Then, all of a sudden a bolt of lightening came straight out the sky and struck literally right in front of his toe! I couldn’t believe it, and apparently he couldn’t either. Everyone in the lab had witnessed our argument so they were all shocked. They started to point at me saying “yo don’t fuck wit her bruh she got powers or somethin”. I started laughing and yelled from across the street, “that is what you get, you said God would smite me and it is you whose been struck!” His face was frozen. I’m sure he couldn’t wrap his mind around what had just happened, and honestly neither could I.
To this very day I tell that story and I still can’t believe it. I remember telling the story to a friend of mine who just did not buy it, so I got the young man on the phone; because after that event he wanted to be friends (LOL), he answers the phone like “ok, who else you telling this story to” because he knows that the story is so unbelievable that I’d get him on the phone to confirm (I know he used to hate that, but felt like he had to confirm the truth) because now you never know when lightening strikes.