Sometimes we need to sit on the shelf for a while in order to rest and be refilled.
Bonnie Gray's new book speaks of spiritual whitespace; and I have been studying the Israelites as they leave the Sinai desert. They, too, needed to rest physically and spiritually during their desert time.
However, whether we are on the shelf or in the desert or whitespace, we humans seem to find issues to grumble about.
The Israelites received food and water supernaturally everyday, but what did they want? Garlic and onions! God certainly could have flavored their manna with onion and garlic, but He knew their hearts... they were actually being rebellious. Then they demanded meat. He granted that complaint by sending quail... LOTS of quail. Those that ate it died.Gotta watch what you ask for, right?!
I am guilty also. Health issues place me on the shelf quite often. I mumble and grumble and complain rather than asking the right question, "Lord, what is Your plan for me while on this shelf?" Sometimes it is to simply rest. Other times, it is to let my brain wander creatively in preparation for writing later. Often it is for reading and studying scripture... to refill me, to give me a new perception, to prepare me for what is to come, or to remind me to draw closer to the Lover of My Soul.
Selah...think on this