Have you heard the saying “Follow the cloud, not the crowd?” Well, I have and I thought it was a cute saying that alluded to following God. In The One Year Through the Bible Devotional reading, I found that it’s not just a saying, but it’s pretty much in the Bible.
On the day that the tabernacle was set up, the cloud covered the tabernacle, the tent of the testimony. And at evening it was over the tabernacle like the appearance of fire until morning. So it was always: the cloud covered it by day and the appearance of fire by night. And whenever the cloud lifted from over the tent, after that the people of Israel set out, and in the place where the cloud settled down, there the people of Israel camped. At the command of the Lord the people of Israel set out, and at the command of the Lord they camped. As long as the cloud rested over the tabernacle, they remained in camp. Even when the cloud continued over the tabernacle many days, the people of Israel kept the charge of the Lord and did not set out. Sometimes the cloud was a few days over the tabernacle, and according to the command of the Lord they remained in camp; then according to the command of the Lord they set out. And sometimes the cloud remained from evening until morning. And when the cloud lifted in the morning, they set out, or if it continued for a day and a night, when the cloud lifted they set out. Whether it was two days, or a month, or a longer time, that the cloud continued over the tabernacle, abiding there, the people of Israel remained in camp and did not set out, but when it lifted they set out. At the command of the Lord they camped, and at the command of the Lord they set out. They kept the charge of the Lord, at the command of the Lord by Moses. – Numbers 9:15-23 (ESV)
While I may not visibly see the presence of the Lord leading and guiding me, I am so thankful for the presence of the Holy Spirit who lives inside me. I totally know some times that he leads me to go and to stay. Unfortunately, sometimes, I’m like the Israelites and choose to move ahead of my God. This passage just reminded me to follow God as He directs my path.