Is God trying to tell us something?

2300-8501lightning-posters.jpgI realize that getting struck by lightning is no laughing matter, and the man described in this New England Journal of Medicine case has lost part of his hearing and had other painful things happen to him as a result of getting hit by a splashback from a strike. Still, I just couldn’t get over the fact that he is a religious man who plays in the church orchestra and was listening to religious music while jogging, using that most ubiquitous of devices — the iPod. According to the NEJM, the iPod was burned to a crisp and the man had burn marks on his chest, and leading all the way up to his ears. A musical commentary from the Big Guy? A biblical thumbs-down signal aimed at Steve Jobs? Probably just bad luck.