Numbers 9:15-23 explains in detail the travel habits of the Children of Israel in the wilderness. The abbreviated version is that they followed the Pillar of Cloud. When the Cloud moved, they moved. When the Cloud stood still, they camped.
Some camp locations were mere days long. Others, like Kadesh Barnea, were lengthy, up to 19 years.
Imagine having lived in a location for a year or two and the cloud suddenly moved. You would have had to make the decision to move or to stay. While most moved, I am sure that there were those who, at every move, decided to stay put. Kadesh must have been the hardest! Houses had been built, stables had been fortified and even orchards planted and harvested from. Then, boom!, time to move.
This Hebrew roots/Messianic walk is much like that journey through the wilderness. We’ve been pulled out of Egypt in a glorious but difficult awakening, but then we are asked to move and move and move again as the Father reveals more and increasingly difficult pieces of Truth. Each revealing of truth is much like the Cloud lifting and bidding us to trust and step out in faith to the next step in a journey toward the restoration of all Israel. Sometimes, those steps are easy as we have not become comfortable with the newest location we find ourselves. Other times, the Cloud might lead us through very challenging paradigm shifts that are painful.
When the Cloud lifts and begins to move, we can choose to follow and trust the Almighty in the journey HE is directing, or we can recall friends left behind and the ridiculing voices in Egypt who mocked our initial exodus and choose not to follow the Cloud on the next stage of the journey.
I choose to follow the Cloud, even when some new truths learned are extremely difficult or paradigm-shifting. How about you?