"In the daytime the cloud of the Lord was seen over the Dwelling; whereas at night, fire was seen in the cloud by the whole house of Israel in all stages of their journey."
Somehow it became August. I'm not sure how that could be possible, but there it is on my calendar--August. A new month prompts us to look ahead, but also may give us pause to look back. August memories bring to mind the kids heading back to school and all that entailed (the scavenger hunt search for the school supplies!) I'm sure we can look back long term or short term and see God over our Dwellings...both as cloud and fire. God's Presence was there, but it may take us looking back to see it. During the time we are going through something, we may be wondering where God is. But in retrospect, we can look back and see where God was--with us, helping us, cheering us on. How fortunate for the Israelites, that they had such an obvious sign of God's Presence! All they had to do was look outside and see manna from heaven each morning, quail to eat each evening, the cloud over the Dwelling and the fire column at night. How could anyone lose faith with such visible and obvious signs! But even with such vivid signs, they still wobbled at times. We may feel our signs aren't so obvious, but if we spend time thinking and REALLY looking, we can see our signs are just as profound. We just may need to be awake to see them. Blessings on your First-of-August Day! Love, heidi