dirty air | Kamiah, ID

It’s only 3:30 in the afternoon, yet the daylight slowly filtering through the thick, smokey air feels misplaced–as though evening accidentally arrived 3 hours early. On a day which was predicted to reach three digits, the thermometer instead flirts with 80 degrees. The majestic Idaho mountains typically visible in the distance are completely concealed in a cloak of secrecy.

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This morning my 8-year-old confirmed the eire sky when he confidently declared that the sun forgot to rise. “I’m serious mom, when I go outside, I don’t have a shadow. The sun hasn’t even risen!” I didn’t correct him. Instead, I tucked the memory of his precious, misguided confidence into my heart and reflected on its startling significance.

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Photo: Local fire map


As adults we feel the same way about God sometimes. If we don’t see Him doing what we wish He would do or when all we notice is the dirty air around us, we can be led to believe He’s simply not there at all.

8.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico.

Multiple hurricanes bringing lethal destruction.

Widespread fire fires in the Pacific Northwest.

Friends with cancer.

North Korea bomb threats.

It’s honestly more than any of us have the capacity to properly process.


But don’t be deceived dear one: behind the thick layer of sin and pain cloaking our world, “God is our refuge and our strength, our ever present help in time of need.” (Psalm 46:1) He has not changed. He will not change. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8) He continues to offer His love and forgiveness. “To all who believed and accepted him, he gave the right to become sons of God.” (John 1:12) Those who have this promise have a new focus, a new lens in which to see the world. We can peek behind the veil and know that this is all temporary. “The sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be reviled in us.” (Romans 8:18)


Despite our changing perspective, the sun never stops shining.

Seek His refuge.

Rely on His strength.

Accept His ever present help in your time of need.

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