For the most recent years, my family re-groups in May, going away on what I affectionately call "A Respite".
It's not just a desire or want, but a need.
We still live on the school/college schedule, so by the time exams are over....the kids are mush. I live on their schedule in a virtual manner... (as a mother, one always carries them in the heart).... so I feel a close second on the mush scale.
While away, my walkabouts scale up to the extreme.
All walkabouts are invaluable, but my walkabouts in May are historically iconic for me. It's a time where God reveals His heart for the coming months.
Last year, one of the elements He revealed was His desire to reveal to me His holiness in greater measure.
It's been an incredible year of daily walking with Him as He expanded my understanding of who He is at His CORE, foundational level.
God is certainly love, but He is love because He is holy.
How many times have you heard the expression: "He can be no other"? I heard that a lot growing up, but the older I get, the more I am processing that at a deeper level than I thought was possible.
If one minimizes His holiness, He is no longer God. He simply becomes this fantasy being who "loves me as I am."
He. Is. God.
He. Is. Holy.
This means OUR PERCEPTION of His tolerance for the static... His tolerance for acceptance of me....is FALSE.
He is never tolerant of anything less than holy.
He is the ultimate TRANS-FORMATIVE force.
I meditate on this daily. I truly do.
I understand at an ever increasing depth He did not sacrifice His son unto death so He can "tolerate" and "accept" who I am today.
He sacrificed His son so that I would then be granted HIS mind-blowing attribute to become a new creation IN HIM.
In this "love culture", don't be duped into "soaking" in love and acceptance and altogether miss HIS CORE, trans-formative HOLINESS that is without a doubt, humanly speaking, mind blowing!
I know with overwhelming certainty I will not be tomorrow who I am today. THAT'S the WONDER of walking WITH God, The Holy One.
I pray each of you develops a passion for God. There can be NO substitute for time...MUCH time...spent with God, The Holy One, who profoundly steps into those willing lives to become loving Father, yes; BUT closest to HIS heart ----> to become our Transformer....GLORY!