And when the cloud tarried long upon the tabernacle many days, then the children of Israel kept the charge of the LORD, and journeyed not.Numbers 9:19
Missionary friends of ours, the Schepers family in the Dominican Republic, have been home on furlough for about six months. They were scheduled to return to the DR yesterday, but God had other plans. Last Saturday, as they slept in a hotel room in Kansas City, MO, someone stole their van, with the attached trailer. Everything they had was in that trailer: their clothes, their passports from two countries, their papers allowing them to work and live in the DR, things they had bought to take back with them, their computer . . . everything. As I write this, they have rescheduled their flight for mid-March, and the governments of the US and Canada are working with them to replace their passports and such as that. Things are working out, but for now, their "cloud" is tarrying long in the US.
The children of Israel, on their route to the Promised Land, had their instructions to only travel when the cloud of the Lord's presence lifted and moved. When the cloud tarried, they stayed put. I'm sure there were times when the Israelites wondered why in the world they weren't traveling. Why did God leave the cloud in place so long?
Is your cloud tarrying long today? Is the Lord telling you to wait on Him? Psalm 37:7 tells us to "Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him . . ." Trust whatever God is doing in your life. Rest in Him. Whatever the delay is, He has a plan for you (Jeremiah 29:11), and it will work out for your good and God's glory! (Romans 8:28)