The Torah, “Numbers” 10:11 – 10:12: On the twentieth of the second month in the second year, the cloud rose up from over the Tabernacle of the Testimony. The children of Israel traveled on their journeys from the Sinai desert, and the cloud settled in the desert of Paran.
If we speak about the geographic distance between Mt. Sinai and the land of Israel, it is about one or two weeks’ walk, not forty years.
But the point is that the nation of Israel had few transitions and many stops. They would come to a certain place and settle there with the entire camp for a long time and not move from it.
This indicates that the adaptation to a certain place you arrive takes a long time and great forces, although there is basically nothing new about it, only a desert. So what happened there?
Even when different changes take place in us, we don’t understand that huge levels of preparation are being created in us. It is absolutely impossible to skip, neutralize, restrict, remove, assemble, or compress them, and therefore, the main thing in the spiritual work is patience and endurance.
“On the twentieth of the second month in the second year, the cloud rose up from over the Tabernacle of the Testimony.” Whether in darkness or in a cloud, in daytime or at night, we must conceal ourselves from the Creator.
If we discover Him, we immediately will begin to enjoy it, and our motion forward toward the goal, toward our correction, will be out of self-love, self-enjoyment. This is the reason we must constantly be careful of it.
However, when the cloud is taken up, it means that the Creator seemingly reveals Himself, thus showing where He is in some sense.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 2/11/15