Thursday, March 17, 2011

two days, a month, a year

Yesterday I was reading a passage in my One Year Bible meant for March 7th.  Somehow we always get behind on the weekends.  Anyway, I read this scripture found in the book of Numbers 9:15-23.  A set of verses I have no doubt read before but it stuck out to me in a new way this time.  

"The Tabernacle was set up, and on that day the cloud covered it.  Then from evening until morning the cloud over the Tabernacle appeared to be a pillar of fire.  This was the regular pattern--at night the cloud changed to the appearance of fire.  When the cloud lifted from over the sacred tent, the people of Israel followed it.  And wherever the cloud settled, the people of Israel camped.  In this way, they traveled at the LORD's command and stopped wherever he told them to.  Then they remained where they were as long as the cloud stayed over the Tabernacle.  If the cloud remained over Israel for a long time, the Israelites stayed for a long time, just as the LORD commanded.  Sometimes the cloud would stay over the Tabernacle for only a few days, so the people would stay for only a few days.  Then at the LORD's command they would break camp.  Sometimes the cloud stayed only overnight and moved on the next morning.  But day or night, when the cloud lifted, the people broke camp and followed.  Whether the cloud stayed above the Tabernacle for two days, a month or a year, the people of Israel stayed in the camp and did not move on.  But as soon as it lifted, they broke camp and traveled at the LORD's command, and they did whatever the LORD told them through Moses." 

Sometimes God asks us to break camp and follow Him.  We do it with the expectation that where we settle next will be long term.  That isn't always the case.  We must keep listening and watching.  Sometimes we barely get unpacked and he asks us to move again even in the middle of the night.

Oh Lord, I want to be wherever You are.

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