Six-Thousand Feet of Darkness

The headline caught my eye.

"6000 Feet Of Smoke Above Puget Sound"

That is a thick layer of dirty air! The estimate from the local clean air authority wasn't surprising. I'm guessing our numbers are similar.  Smoke has become a familiar presence in North Central Washington in late summer and early fall.  

The smoke is unpleasant.  It obscures the sun, covering everything in depressing sepia tones. It coats the lungs and makes it hard to breathe.  Physical exertion becomes that much harder.  In the smoke it feels like an already "dark" year is a little darker.

And smoke obscures a truth.

Climb to 7000 feet and you know what you will find?  Blue skies and sunshine!  Despite the smoke the sun continues to rise, and blue skies dominate, at higher altitudes.

Smoke, like our troubles, is transient.
The sun, like our heavenly Father, is consistent and always there.

Viruses come and go. Our Lord's goodness lives on.
Governments rise and fall. Our Father's love endures.
The news cycle alarms, and alarms some more.  But God isn't surprised.  He is Emmanuel - God with us.  

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
His love endures forever. 

Psalm 136:1-3 NIV

Like the sun over the smoke He is there, and He will be there after the last wisp of smoke has disappeared.

Take Heart!


1 Comment

Millie - September 16th, 2020 at 1:14am

I remember flying through fog once. When we went high enough we broke through to blazing sun. Thanks for the reminder that Gods grace is shining even when it’s hard to see it.