It always seems like God has a plan. Even when it comes to the mundane things. He always knows what He wants done, how and why. Everything He does has a purpose and a reason, even if it’s not obvious to us. His plan is perfect, even when we aren’t.
In numbers 2 we see that God / YHWH even has a plan for the arrangement of the camp:
To the East was the camp of Judah which included the tribes of Judah, Issachar, & Zebulon. They spread East with 186,400 people.
To the North was the camp of Dan which included Dan, Naphatali, and Asher. They spread North with 157,600 people.
To the West was the camp of Ephraim with Ephraim, Manasseh, and Benjamin. They spread West with 108,100 people.
To the South was the camp of Reuben with Reuben, Simeon, and Gad. They spread South with 151,400 people.
Meanwhile, the tribe of Levi directly surrounds the tabernacle with the Levites acting as a buffer between YHWH and the people.
This is how it would likely have looked from above.
Isn’t that amazing? YHWH always seems to have a plan and a purpose.