I Corinthians 6:9-11 (NRSV)
There are only a few people who have actually had a direct encounter
with God. Adam and Eve walked and talked with God. Noah had some sort of conversation with God. Moses had this encounter with God. Hagar had a brief encounter with God in the wilderness when she had just about given up on life.
We’ve just finished the Christmas season that reminds us about the encounter with God that Mary had! Not only did she raise the Son of God! She also (along with her husband and cousin) had an encounter with one of God’s angels. Paul encountered God on the road to Damascus. The list of people who have actually had a direct encounter with God is an extremely short list! And every one of those people had one significant thing in common. After they encountered God…They were never the same again!