The ark of G-d’s covenant traveled ahead of them:
In all of their travels in the desert, the Jewish people were preceded by this ark and by the cloud of G-d, which led the way and cleared the path of potentially harmful animals and obstacles.
And so has it been in the long history of the Jewish people: Throughout our journeys, whenever we follow the “ark”—i.e., the light of the Torah—we have found spiritual and physical rest.
We are protected from the emotional and physical dangers of the world, enabling us to find true meaning in our existence.
—from Daily Wisdom