That’s the name we gave to the voice on the GPS application we have on our phones. The first time we used her was on a trip to Kansas City. The phones were new and we were on vacation for a week. I plugged in the destination and waited. The map pulled up and the voice came alive telling me everything turn-by-turn.
“In 1/4 of a mile take a right and head North.” How wonderful, right?
Five turns later I muted her and she was given the name Bossy Bertha. While completely accurate, she is also completely annoying. If I want to get where I need to be in an unfamiliar place, then I had better follow every word and turn provided. I had never been to the location we were going and I made it there without a single problem. There were those moments I was not sure if she knew where we were going, but I did what I was told. We rounded the last turn and there it was: Great Wolf Lodge! Kids are screaming, parents are laughing, and Bertha was still telling me I had arrived at my location!
The Israelites were on a journey. Not one of them had been to where they were going. After leaving Egypt they had set up camp at Mt. Sinai. It was there they received the law and built the tabernacle. Everyone had been ordained. They Levites were prepped. Everyone had sufficient practice in the customs and manners that would be equated with this nation of people forever. God then led them by a pillar of clouds in the day and fire by night.
15 On the day the tabernacle was set up, the cloud covered the tabernacle, the tent of the testimony, and it appeared like fire above the tabernacle from evening until morning. 16 It remained that way continuously: the cloud would cover it, appearing like fire at night. 17 Whenever the cloud was lifted up above the tent, the Israelites would set out; at the place where the cloud stopped, there the Israelites camped.
18 At the Lord’s command the Israelites set out, and at the Lord’s command they camped. As long as the cloud stayed over the tabernacle, they camped.
We do not know what will happen next year or next month. Not one of us knows what even tomorrow brings. All we know is what is in the past and what is right now. We worry and stress over what tomorrow brings. God knows all the answers to all the questions we have. God knows where the path leads. God knows where the journey will take us. God knows. We don’t.
Who will you follow? I suggest we follow God. While He may not use a pillar of cloud or fire anymore, there are still valid ways He chooses to guide. The most common way is through His Word and the Holy Spirit. Like an internal guidance system, the Spirit of God will lead us through our lives on our journey with Jesus. We read. We pray. We listen. As our hearts get in tune with His, we begin to hear the faint sounds in the distance and we move. As our lives begin to align with his Word, the siren song increases its volume and we find it easier to follow. With faithfulness to God through communication and conviction, the fog lifts and we see clearly the path we are to take in the forks along the way. The stress is removed from the choice. Anxiety lessens over temporal issues such as money, possessions, and desires. We find the soothing waves of the Spirit guiding us and it feels effortless.
Those are the best days, the glory days, of life.