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Exodus Ch 13 vs 17-22 tells of the Israelites setting off for the Promised Land and being guided by God by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. They go the long way around so as not to be disenheartened if they face battle.
When we face our own struggles, sometimes the long way around helps us in the long term to fight back, but just has God brought the Pillar of Cloud and the Pillar of Fire, God gives us help so that we are not alone