The LORD used this cloud to tell the Israelites when to move their camp and where to set it up again. As long as the cloud covered the tent, the Israelites did not break camp. But when the cloud moved, they followed it, and wherever it stopped, they camped and stayed there, whether it was only one night, a few days, a month, or even a year. As long as the cloud remained over the tent, the Israelites stayed where they were. But when the cloud moved, so did the Israelites.
(Numbers 9:17-22 CEV)
While marching through the desert, the Israelites were led by a cloud–a visible symbol of God’s presence. The cloud determined when and where they were to go. Sometimes they’d wait for a short period of time and sometimes longer. Regardless, the Israelites were to set out only when the cloud moved, if they were to walk in the right direction. While God doesn’t lead us visibly by a cloud today, He still leads us through His Holy Spirit and His Word. He still expects us to wait for His timing, whether it takes one night, a few days, a month or even a year. If we want God’s best, we must be willing to move in His direction and His timing.
To move in the right direction, follow God’s leading.