Walking With God - Finding Yourself on a Road You Didn't Want to Travel

Walking With God

I’m learning a lot about walking with God on this journey of overseas life.

Walking with God in daily relationship has become my number one defense, my most powerful companion and deepest goal.

The Bible actually has a lot to say about walking with God. But this one passage continues to be a powerful example of why we walk with God.

Numbers 9:17-23 says, “17 Whenever the cloud lifted from above the Tent, the Israelites set out; wherever the cloud settled, the Israelites encamped. 18 At the LORD’s command the Israelites set out, and at his command they encamped. As long as the cloud stayed over the tabernacle, they remained in camp. 19 When the cloud remained over the tabernacle a long time, the Israelites obeyed the LORD’s order and did not set out. 20 Sometimes the cloud was over the tabernacle only a few days; at the LORD’s command they would encamp, and then at his command they would set out. 21 Sometimes the cloud stayed only from evening till morning, and when it lifted in the morning, they set out. Whether by day or by night, whenever the cloud lifted, they set out. 22 Whether the cloud stayed over the tabernacle for two days or a month or a year, the Israelites would remain in camp and not set out; but when it lifted, they would set out. 23 At the LORD’s command they encamped, and at the LORD’s command they set out. They obeyed the LORD’s order, in accordance with his command through Moses.”

Is that not powerful?

A people following the exact command of God, letting his word dictate their every step.

Moving when He says move and waiting when He says wait. They were obedient to God, following His leading and direction.

Walking With God - Finding Yourself on a Road You Didn't Want to Travel

In truth, they knew where they were going, they knew the point of destination. They could have skipped ahead and said, “That cloud isn’t going to keep me here in the wilderness. I’m done with this! Let’s go to the Promised Land. Let’s go now!”

If they had done that, it would have resulted in complete failure.

God would not have been with them.

God had something to accomplish in them during their time in the desert, their time of walking. Hurrying ahead of God would have been disastrous.

In the book “Walking with God on the Road you Never Wanted to Travel” by Mark Atteberry, he says, “Satan can use your sense of urgency against you.”

Wow. Read that again.

How often do we feel a sense of urgency?

In our “do it now, have it now” society, we are often hurrying ahead full blast and seem to forget seeking God, waiting for Him and His direction. When we have a struggle or a pain or an obstacle in our path, our first thought is usually immediate deliverance.

I am not saying that we shouldn’t go to God and ask for His help, we definitely should. That is part of being His child. We have that kind of access to the throne room.

But, God isn’t always going to answer immediately by delivering us completely. He might be in the midst of doing something great in us through the trial.

Walking With God - Finding Yourself on a Road You Didn't Want to Travel

The lesson?

Don’t be tempted to take short cuts and move ahead of where God has you right now.

Wait. Walk WITH God.


1. Reflect on the benefits of slowing down. Wait. Be patient. Think it through and Seek God. Isaiah 40:31 says, “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength”

2. Remember what you have been called to do. Micah 6:8 says, “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Walk with God! Not run ahead, walk WITH Him.

3. Reject the counsel of people who urge you to hurry up. Isaiah 30:18 says, “Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!”

Sometimes God takes time for a reason.

Sometimes we remain in our current circumstance for a purpose.

Sometimes we have much to learn from walking with God.

Whether for us or for those watching us walk this road, we can’t skip ahead of what God wants to DO THROUGH the circumstance. He is working in us, through us and in those around us.

There isn’t always something wrong with us if God chooses to answer us with the word “wait”. He can do so much in that time of waiting on Him. We are blessed when we choose to obey by waiting, by walking with Him.

“Starting today, the pressure’s off. You can relax. Take a deep breath and simply walk with the God who loves you! Go at God’s pace.” – Mark Atteberry

There are things that I am waiting on. Things I want God to do TODAY.

But, the pressure’s off. I’m choosing to go at God’s pace and wait on Him. These things will happen in His time, not mine and I will rejoice in the process.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4


Have you ever found yourself on a road you never wanted to travel?

How are you learning about walking with God?



  1. I rarely comment on what I read, but this spoke volumes when I found it “accidentally” today”! So much God and wisdom here. As a type A personality, I tend to go ahead of God a lot. At this phase of life, I feel God urging me to treat life a moment by moment walk and journey with Him instead all out race. I love the passage about moving with the cloud… I never really thought of those verses that way.

    Thank you for your timely words! God bless your work!

  2. Hi Jenilee
    I’ve always loved this story about the cloud. How God taught His people to wait for the cloud to move before going.

    It is a good and powerful lesson for all of us. We need to discern the difference between what’s urgent and what’s truly important. The tyranny of the urgent… that is one lesson I learned early in my Christian life, and one I need to constantly remember.

    Thank you for this post, for sharing the quote by Mark Attebery… “Go at God’s pace.” Like you I am in my waiting season, waiting for the cloud to move.

    This post has spoken to my heart today.


  3. So many seasons of waiting….I’m there again and with more practice you get to see that “wait” answer a little more readily. To accept it is another matter. Learning to rest in His presence and enjoy His love can be hard when the world around says to get busy. However, to be His child and soak in the deep truths laid out in Scripture is active, not passive. It takes faith to wait patiently for God’s plan to unfold.

    It is a blessing that I found you.

  4. Jenilee, This is a perfect reminder for my husband and I at this point in our lives. God is working VERY obviously in some areas of direction in our life and while we’re eager to follow and excited to see where we will be taken, it is a temptation to run ahead. Thank you for sharing this.
    (I’ll be blogging about this “change” SOON!) 🙂

  5. Thanks for the great post! When we were wrestling through some stuff this winter I read the verse about a day is like a thousand years to God and it hit me. Why am I trying to rush?

    I’m really intrigued by the title of that book.

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