The Blessing of the Wilderness

By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.  Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.  Exodus 13:21-22

Fog.  Haze.  Poor visibility. Think how a pillar of cloud must have looked to the Israelites on their long journey.  But fog also cools, protects from the sun, moistens parched skin in a desert place, comforts and shields from enemies or critics.  Night travel is standard practice in the desert, but the pillar of cloud sent to the Israelites gave them the option of traveling either by day or night.  An unexpected blessing in a desert place.

Maybe you’re traveling that hazy path where the future looks uncertain, where visibility shows only your next baby step.  Your vision may be obscured but the Sovereign Lord goes before you, providing every need, leading you forward.  He has a plan—rest in it.  He won’t lead you astray.

Do not be afraid.  Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today.  The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.  The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.  Exodus 14:13-14 

 Dear God, thank you for the fog and fire.  Even though I cannot see what lies ahead, your promise has changed my life.  Teach me to be content to walk in this hazy fog, to thank you for the protection it brings in this desert place.  Teach me to be grateful for the blessing of the wilderness. Amen.





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