While visiting my daughter in Saskatchewan this past summer, the boys and I saw this amazing cloud on the way home from swimming. We commented on how it reminded us of the cloud that God sent to lead the Israelites through the wilderness.
Then recently, I came across this picture in my files that reminded me of the pillar of fire that led them by night.
In Exodus 13:21 and 22 we read:
And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way,
and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night.
He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day or the pillar of fire by night from before the people.
After years of being enslaved to Pharaoh, the Israelites fled Egypt into the wilderness,
They had lived all their lives in the cities of Egypt with its streets and pathways and familiar neighbourhoods. They knew nothing else. Now they were in the midst of a featureless desert without roads or signs to guide them. They must have felt lost, directionless, very fearful of the dangers that lurked in these unknown lands and uncertain as to what the future held,
However, they were God's people and He knew their need and so He provided direction and comfort for them in the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night. Exodus 14:19 and 20 recounts how God also used the pillar of cloud to hide the Israelites from the pursuing Egyptians as they approached the Red Sea.
Seeing those pillars in front of them must have provided much reassurance to
Moses and to all the people.
takes the place of those pillars of cloud and fire in today's world.
It provides direction when we are uncertain of our way forward.
It illuminates truth and dispels the darkness in our souls
It reminds us of God's incredible love and care for us.
Psalm 119: 105
Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path