On Friday I felt better than I have in weeks. The morning before texts began arriving announcing that rain had begun falling near the Eagle Creek Fire. There was hope the weeks of smoke would soon end.
Smoke cover across the Columbia Saturday, Sept 9.
Smoke cover across the Tri-Cities Wednesday, Sept 5
Maybe it was because Kendra and Twelve-Year-Old had stayed the night before. It could also be that for a rare moment Brother Cole shared coffee, tea and the smokey sunrise with us on the patio. And it could be that for a rarer moment we were relaxed, tranquil, rather than hurried or annoyed by who-knows-what. For those few minutes together we all felt light and happy.
“Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.” Psalm 55:22 (NLT)
Aside from the weeks of ongoing smoke from the wildfires, the atmosphere was similar to the first weeks after I arrived here last October – before the changes.
Taking in the peaceful morning glow, our words were few but meaningful.
We agree, we don’t know where this story is going. We’re certain it will be amazing, so we’re glad for these peaceful, quiet moments.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5, 6 (NLT)
News of wildfires are not unusual this time of year. This week the news came to us live; smoke – filling the Columbia Basin for days. Literally.
The worst of the flames were far enough from us that I could appreciate the beauty in the midst of hardships and troubles. Smoke subtly displayed colors I couldn’t actually imagine before.
On Day Two:
Sunrise through smoke over the eastern neighbor’s house,
from the barn looking over the shops and the main house.
Sister Roan and I came to call the following God With Us Curve. The road turns sharply and drops to the left (north) winding down and around the steep hill. ‘Not gonna lie, our first winter here, ice covering that drop intimidated us. In the photo this week the continuing road is visible through the smoke from the center of the house near the top of the hill – almost like the road winds from the chimney.
Late morning, Day Two, Smoke obscures the river view from God With Us Curve.
“The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.” ” Psalm 91:14-16 (NLT)