When the craftsmen finished all the beautiful pieces of the tabernacle, they brought them to Moses to set it all up. Now the tabernacle was basically a giant tent that could be taken down and put up, because the children of Israel were still traveling to their new homeland so everything was portable!! But when everything was finished they set it all up. Now the way they describe this isn’t like they just slapped everything in place and went on!! No, this was more like a ceremony.
Have you been to a ceremony? Maybe a wedding, graduation or awards banquet? A ceremony is when we slow down, appreciate and celebrate something happening. Often when something is finished or being started. We take the time to recognize something is important. Finishing the tabernacle was like that. Now the people had a place to worship God! When they finished setting it all up, the cloud that had been leading them settled down on top of it! This cloud was a representation of God being with them. A physical remainder that God was leading and protecting them. This was an important day, and the people slowed down and recognized it.
Sometimes we need to slow down and notice things more. In our world, we often finish one thing and just jump into the next. We need to slow down and notice when something is finished and thank God for it. Why? Because when we take the time to notice the things God is doing in our lives it strengthens our faith. There is an old hymn that says “count your blessings, name them one by one.” When we take the time to look at the good in our lives, it makes the bad seem a whole lot smaller and easier to tackle!!
Count your blessings! Have each person list 10 things they are thankful for or that they are thankful to have finished with God’s help.