There’s a lot of order, the way God has the families placed, their duties, and when they are to set out.
34 So the Israelites did everything the Lord commanded Moses; that is the way they encamped under their standards, and that is the way they set out, each of them with their clan and family. (Numbers 2:34, NIV)
One year for my birthday, I got a genetic test to find out about my health odds. I don’t know a lot about my relatives from previous generations, and I wondered what I was predisposed to. Honestly, I don’t hold much confidence in the test, because it got some things wrong (about hairline, cilantro preference, and other anecdotal things). But what I did find curious was where it suggested my family originated.
I remember wondering, “Why would you leave such a beautiful area?” What were they running to? What were they running from? When did they get here?
Scriptures like today’s reading have me think about God’s plan. His purpose for a family or an individual. From where they live, to what they do and when they go.
Father God, I’m really looking forward to the day when I will see how all the pieces, places and events fit together in your perfect plan. But while I wait, help me to keep a kingdom focus, to be where you want me to be, doing what you want me to do, with courage, strength, and love.