When Moses goes up the mountain to encounter God he comes back with his face glowing, glowing to such an extent that it needs to be covered so as not to blind others.
For Matthew and the Marys the detail of the appearance of the angel being like lightning underlines the fact that this was a messenger directly from God, a face still radiant from being in God’s presence. Encounters with God should be evident in our lives, our appearance might not be dazzling to others we meet but is it clear to those we meet that we have had an encounter with God?
For this picture I have taken an abstract route with the lightning being the face profile with just one simple eye.
His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow.