I think often of the days ahead.  I’m in a season that is very difficult but will come to an end at some point.  And then what?  I had some ideas on some things I wanted to do but they fell through.  So where will I live?  What will I do?  And how deeply will the coronavirus affect things?

It is perhaps because of these thoughts that have rolled in my head for a long time that I was particularly touched this morning by the tender love of the Lord.

“…the Lord your God who went before you on the journey to seek out a place for you to camp.  He went in the fire by night and in the cloud by day to guide you on the road you were to travel” (Deut 1:32-33).

He went before the Isarelites to seek out a place for them to camp.  And in the scorching hot desert he provided for them a cloud and in the freezing cold desert (I hear it is very cold at night), the Lord provided them with a fire.

Granted, the Lord was upset with them because even with all this they still didn’t trust Him.  But what a picture of the beautiful heart of the Lord!  He is the God who goes before His people to prepare the way for them.

This is his history and his nature.

And that…is beautiful.