In Numbers 9 we are told how the children of Israel were led by the cloud that covered the tabernacle. When it was taken up from above the tabernacle the children of Israel journeyed and wherever it settled they would pitch their tents ( verse 17).
Whether the cloud stayed above the tabernacle a long or short period of time that is how long they would remain in that location.When it was taken up, they would journey on.
The cloud represented God’s presence with them ( Exodus 13:21), and how long He had them stay in one location was apparently something of a mystery. It could have been 2 days, a month or a year ( verse 22). The length of time was immaterial. What mattered was that when the cloud moved they moved.
Our journey with God today is similar to theirs. Jesus said in John 3:8
8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
God is present with us now by His Spirit, and being led by His Spirit is something of a mystery. Like the wind we often don’t know where He is coming from or where He is going, what the reason is for what He does or where it is taking us. But that is immaterial. What matters is that we move when the cloud moves. We move when the wind blows, when the Spirit prompts us to move, doing whatever He tells us to do.
While God’s methods may not have been clear to the children of Israel while they journeyed, His purpose became clear when they got to their destination, the land of milk and honey.
We too may not understand God’s methods in our journey, but His purpose will become clear when we reach our destination.
Though we may not understand the journey, what matters is that we move when the cloud moves, and when the wind blows.