Do you ever feel like a dandelion seed, blown about in the wind, not sure where you’ll find yourself, or even certain when you’ll land?
Why does life some time feel like we are spiralling out of control? As if the next breeze could pick us up and send us in a completely different direction.
I think that most people can relate to this at some point in their life. I know that I can. Having lived in a number of different towns throughout my life. Sometimes I can feel un-rooted and un-settled, like a seed waiting to land.
You might feel this in another way, maybe you feel like your career hasn’t taken root yet, and you are getting frustrated. Maybe you feel unsettled in your relationships, or maybe you just wish that you had one really good friend.
All of these things can make us feel lost, forgotten about and up-rooted.
I’m sure the Israelites felt like this in their wondering years, waiting for God to lead them to the land he had promised. Never knowing how long they would stay in one place. Would it even be worth making a home? Or would they be leaving again the next morning? Where would they even be going?
All though one thing about their experience can seem really unfair to me. It was really obvious where God was leading them. He was physically there with them, as a pillar of cloud leading them through the wilderness. Even at night they knew his presence, as a pillar of fire . How could they really be afraid when God was so present?
God is just a present now as he was for the Israelites. And yet we are still afraid.
He is there for you, whether it feels like it or not. He knows where you are going to root yourself. He is guiding you, even through the years that feel like they make no sense. He is there, ever present. And one day it will all become clear.
15 On the day the Tabernacle was set up, the cloud covered it.[d] But from evening until morning the cloud over the Tabernacle looked like a pillar of fire. 16 This was the regular pattern—at night the cloud that covered the Tabernacle had the appearance of fire. 17 Whenever the cloud lifted from over the sacred tent, the people of Israel would break camp and follow it. And wherever the cloud settled, the people of Israel would set up camp. 18 In this way, they traveled and camped at the Lord’s command wherever he told them to go. Then they remained in their camp as long as the cloud stayed over the Tabernacle. 19 If the cloud remained over the Tabernacle for a long time, the Israelites stayed and performed their duty to the Lord. 20 Sometimes the cloud would stay over the Tabernacle for only a few days, so the people would stay for only a few days, as the Lord commanded. Then at the Lord’s command they would break camp and move on. 21 Sometimes the cloud stayed only overnight and lifted the next morning. But day or night, when the cloud lifted, the people broke camp and moved on. 22 Whether the cloud stayed above the Tabernacle for two days, a month, or a year, the people of Israel stayed in camp and did not move on. But as soon as it lifted, they broke camp and moved on. 23 So they camped or traveled at the Lord’s command, and they did whatever the Lord told them through Moses. (Numbers 9: 15-23)