It’s common practice to wish upon a “falling star.” Watching these celestial bodies from afar is a spectacular experience, but having a meteorite crash through your roof is another story entirely. It was fortunate that this rock landed on a woman’s bed rather than on someone’s head.

NASA defines meteoroids as “objects in space that range in size from dust grains to small asteroids. Think of them as ‘space rocks.’ When a meteoroid survives a trip through the atmosphere and hits the ground, it’s called a meteorite.” This meteorite had defied the odds to make it to Earth. However, it was not a welcome surprise for a 66-year-old grandmother from British Columbia, Canada.

Ruth Hamilton was peacefully sleeping when her barking dog and a loud explosion woke her up. She was shocked to see a hole in her bedroom ceiling, and her face was suddenly covered with drywall debris. “I jumped out of bed and turned on the lights. I didn’t know what else to do, so I called 911,” Ruth recounted. “While talking to the operator, she was asking me all kinds of questions.

I rolled back one of the two pillows I’d been sleeping on, and in between them was the meteorite. I’ve never been so scared in my life!” The meteorite landed between her pillows, where her head had been a few seconds earlier. Just thinking about it made her heart race.

The meteorite resembled charcoal and weighed 2.8 pounds. Initially, it was thought to be debris from a nearby construction site. After a thorough investigation, it was confirmed to be a meteorite. The sample was submitted to Western University for further study. This conclusion was also supported by testimonies from others and social media posts that showed a ball of light crashing at Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada.

Ruth said, “I’m just thankful to be alive and yeah, be here talking to you and my family.” She was unharmed and completely safe after this near-death experience.

More than anything else, it’s believed that divine intervention protected her from being hit by the rock. The dog and the loud explosion woke her up, prompting her to get out of bed and avoid the meteorite that crashed through her roof. It wasn’t luck or coincidence; it took the hand of God to direct a rock from out of this world to land on a woman’s bed without causing harm.

“He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings, you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,” Psalm 91:4-5.

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