In the Bible there is something that regularly happens when someone comes into contact with the living God. Story after story, in one way or another, there is the recognition that this is something that our human eyes shouldn’t see. There is a recognition that – in the midst of God’s purity and holiness - our holiness doesn’t even belong on the same scale. In chapter 6 of Isaiah, the prophet Isaiah has a vision where the curtain of heaven is pulled back and the throne room of God is made visible. God is on the throne, attended by the angels. All that can be heard is the sound of glory; "Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty." Isaiah's first reaction is NOT to take out his phone and take a selfie with God. Rather it is to fall on his face and proclaim, "Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, . . . yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts! (Isaiah 6:1-8)"
About 700 years later, Jesus tells a group of tired fisherman who have just come back to shore after a fruitless (fish-less?) night of fishing, "Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch. (Luke 5:4)" Somewhat reluctantly, they obey. Lo and behold, their haul of fish is so enormous that they nearly break their nets hauling them in! At that moment, one of the fishermen, Simon Peter, realizes that he is in the presence of the divine. He drops to his knees and proclaims, "Stay away from me, Lord, for I am a sinner!"
In Isaiah and Luke, God enters into the lives of some very imperfect, sinful, people and gives them a way to follow anyway. God is still doing that today!
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