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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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March 29, 2010 - Follow the Cloud

By Kristen Feola

“At the Lord’s command they encamped, and at the Lord’s command they set out. They obeyed the Lord’s order, in accordance with his command through Moses” (Numbers 9:23, NIV).

I love to go camping with my family, but I don’t like getting everything together — the sleeping bags, the air mattress (yes, we’re all about comfort), the food, the clothes, and everything else necessary to survive a few nights in a tent. By the time our car is loaded, my neck is usually so tight it takes me several miles to settle down. Although all the stress of going camping is worth it once we get out in nature, I could do without the packing part.

The Israelites knew all about the challenges of camping. Their 40-year expedition in the wilderness was certainly no vacation. As nomads, they lived in tents in the desert. They didn’t even have permanent homes.

During this time, the Lord provided a visible sign to the Israelites — a cloud — to assure them of His presence. Whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, the people knew it was time to move on. However, when the cloud settled, they would set up camp and remain there until the cloud lifted again. Numbers 9:20-22 tells us that sometimes the cloud would hover over the tabernacle from evening until the next morning. Other times it would stay there for a month or longer.

The Israelites had no idea when they would go or where they would be going. They had absolutely no control or say in the matter. The people literally lived day by day in complete dependence upon the guidance of the Lord. And, yet, despite the inconvenience of this lifestyle, Numbers 9:23 says, “They obeyed.”

Where are you in your journey with the Lord? Are you camping out and waiting upon the Lord’s instructions? Or, are you moving in the direction God is leading you?

Wherever you are, know that the Lord is with you. Listen to His voice. If God says, “Wait,” then sit tight. If He says, “Go,” then start packing. Be like the Israelites. Follow the cloud.

— Kristen Feola is a freelance writer and attends James River Assembly in Ozark, Mo.

 

 

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