When we travel, I want to know where we’re going, how we’re getting there, what it’s like there, and when we’re coming back.
When God led the Israelites out of Egypt, they knew basically where they were headed, but their itinerary was a secret. Wherever the cloud of God’s presence stopped, they stopped and set up camp, BUT they had no idea how long they would be there—a night or two, or a few years! (Numbers 9:15-23) Every day when they got up, they had to check on the position of the cloud before they knew whether to pack their bags or settle in for another day—or month—or year. What a life!
Could I do that? Can I keep my eyes on God and let His plan determine my action plan for the day? I wish he’d tell me in plain English (audible!) what to do each moment. That would be so easy. Sometimes I feel like I’m groping in the darkness trying to find that cloud and follow it!
Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” James 4:13-15