He guided them with the cloud by day
and with light from the fire all night. (Psalm 78:14)
We need distinct things from God at each stage of our lives. God knows just what we need and provides it every step of the way.
The children of Israel needed a constant guide to make it through their wilderness wanderings and God provided one. Not only this, but God created it in a distinctive form they could best see – a billowy cloud by day and fiery cloud by night.
One night before Thanksgiving, our young family set out on a trip from Northeast Pennsylvania to the Finger Lakes region of New York to visit my Alice’s parents. The forecast was calling for a snow storm and several church members tried to discourage us from travelling. But we were intent on going, and shortly after the Thanksgiving Eve service, we headed out.
My wife, who is more accustomed to driving winter roads, was in the driver’s seat. Our two daughters cuddled up with blankets and pillows and fell asleep. I tried to stay awake to keep Alice focused, but I kept drifting off.
At one point, I tuned in and looked out the windshield. All I could see were the taillights of the semi in front of us.
“Don’t you want to pull over?” I asked.
“I’m afraid to,” Alice responded. “I’ve been following the lights on this truck. It’s all I’ve seen for over an hour. But we’re going to need gas soon.”
As if on cue, the truck turned on his right signal to exit.
“I’m going to follow him,” Alice said. “Maybe he’s stopping for gas.”
Sure enough, the semi pulled into a gas station. We filled up as well.
As we pulled out, we noticed the side of his truck.
It said, “Sure.”
We laughed. That truck might have been filled with under-arm protection, but it was also God’s sure way of protecting us and guiding us through the storm.