Sadly, exiles are much in the news these days. The Israelites were in this state for forty years. They didn’t even know where the Promised Land was. We pray for Ukrainians won’t have forty weeks. The Israelites weren’t alone, God guided them with a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. This seems to signify that they sometimes had to travel through the night. Can you imagine fractious children and old people who only wanted their quota of sleep.
It isn’t only the Israelites; we need our pillars today.