I am reading up on Miriam & her life. First of all - her name means "Bitterness" - OUCH! That would be hard to live with in itself. But can you imagine the life that she led? Having to watch her mother give up her baby brother, fearing for his life? Watching her brother from afar living in the Pharoh's home, growing up an Egyptian leader? Seeing her brother stand against his enemy to free God's people! To actually walk in between the parted Red Sea!
But then there came a time where Miriam & Aarron opposed Moses - they sort of wanted some of the glory for the things that had happened!
"Has the Lord spoken only through Moses? Hasn't he also spoken through us?" -Numbers 12:2
The Lord heard the complaining & asked for the three of them to come to the Tent of Meeting. He has some words for Miriam & Aaron & then the Bible says "The anger of the Lord burned against them" - again - OUCH! Afterwards, Miriam was left with leprosay - which caused her to be an outcast! Moses cried out to God for her healing. The response is what is so intriguing to me.
"The Lord replied to Moses, "If her father had spit in her face, would she not have been in disgrace for seven days..." Numbers 12:14
So Miriam was set aside for 7 days - all alone! What could she have thought about during those seven days? Did she think of how far they came & yet she was complaining? Did she think of the ways God worked in her life & yet, she wanted to be recognized as Moses had? Did she feel the lonliness of being "disgraced"? And how could that have possibly felt to have been disgraced by God Himself?
I have a feeling that when Miriam came back seven days later - things may have looked a little different to her. God disgraced her for a few days, only to make the rest of her days a little bit better.