The Israelites walk into the desert - directed by God. God knows the way, God shows the way, God holds the day. Focus on graduation.
Exodus 13:17-22 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
17 When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was nearer; for God thought, “If the people face war, they may change their minds and return to Egypt.” 18 So God led the people by the