The very first thing that came to my mind when I heard about the mural being destroyed by a bolt of lightning, I literally thought to myself, "If that's not a sign from God, I don't know what is."
In some sense, it really is, at least in my opinion because I do believe that God is sovereign over the entire universe and that every bolt of lightning, every ant, every spec of dirt is placed exactly where it is supposed to be.
On Tuesday, a lightning strike blasted the mural right off of the building that it was painted on.
The piece had been painted onto the side of a shuttered bar, according to Toledo’s The Blade. The artwork crumbled amid a storm shortly after 5 p.m. on Tuesday evening according to police.
The Toledo Fire and Rescue Department officially attributed the destruction to a lightning strike based on witness accounts and an investigation of the scene. City building inspector Hugh Koogan has disputed the report, however, saying the wall had been showing signs of weakness for some time and likely just gave way on its own.
“It was just age. It just came away,” Koogan told the Blade. “It happens to the older buildings.”
— Kaitlin Durbin (@njKaitlinDurbin) July 13, 2021
Even Donald Trump Jr. tweeted,
It’s almost like a higher power is telling us something. When was the last time you heard of a brick building being destroyed by lightning? I am a builder and I’m not sure I’ve ever heard of it.
It’s almost like a higher power is telling us something.
When was the last time you heard of a brick building being destroyed by lightning? I am a builder and I’m not sure I’ve ever heard of it. https://t.co/6l1f2t9nd0
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 14, 2021
Even David Ross, the man who painted the mural says that he believes it was either vandalism (it wasn't) or an act of God (it was). “When I did the mural, there was stuff on the wall that I couldn’t remove and that let me know how strong that structure was,” Mr. Ross said. “The lightning thing, that’s possible, but I know it didn’t just fall.”
But I will say that regardless of your opinion of what happened with George Floyd, they way they have elevated this man to sainthood is a disgrace.