“The cloud would cover it by day, and the appearance of fire by night. Whenever the cloud was lifted from over the tent, afterward the sons of Israel would then set out; and in the place where the cloud settled down, there the sons of Israel would camp. At the command of the LORD the sons of Israel would set out, and at the command of the LORD they would camp; as long as the cloud settled over the tabernacle, they remained camped. Even when the cloud lingered over the tabernacle for many days, the sons of Israel would keep the LORD’S charge and not set out. If sometimes the cloud remained a few days over the tabernacle, according to the command of the LORD they remained camped. Then according to the command of the LORD they set out.”
This weekend, I traveled the long, grueling, three hours to stay with my best friend for the night. It was wonderful, fun, and so refreshing. We talked about our lives, our fears, dogs, and Jesus. Specifically, her new church, (which she loves) Valley Creek Church. Their pastor just took them through a series called “Follow the Cloud” based on the full story that the above verses are apart of. They also have a book you could all check out here.
Hearing about it made me truly excited to follow the cloud, to follow Jesus. If you’ve been reading my recent blog posts, you know a big theme in my life right now is trusting the Lord with my future. I have plans that might not happen and I have dreams of success that He might not have in store for me. I’m scared about what’s next and if I’ll fail. You’ve watched me re-learn daily that I don’t have to be afraid, that I’m not in charge. I’m being led by the cloud.
The Israelites, while lost and afraid, were led by the embodiment of Jesus. By day, a cloud, and by night, a pillar of fire. They stopped when it stopped and followed it when it moved. They didn’t know the end journey, only the next movement of the cloud. Jesus was leading them into the promise land, but he revealed the journey in segments.
He doesn’t show you the finish line, but lights up the next step of the path along the way. We might be afraid, but we don’t have to be because we can trust in him.
I’m not going to lie, I’m still terrified of the future. I mean, I want to be a writer for goodness sake. That’s like telling someone I want to be an actor. But in trusting in Jesus and his plans for me, I know that I will be lead into the Promise Land.
And I’m excited to follow the cloud.
(The clouds in this picture are stratus and cumulus clouds)