My friend, Tommy, got high every day during lunch period. He would go to his secret spot outside of the school building, wherever that was, and smoke some weed. It’s just what he did. Every day.
Tommy, a senior, sat in front of me, a freshman, in our 5th period math class. He gave me an education in all things pot that year. Just before the tardy bell rang he would always turn around and hold his fingers up in front of my face and say “Smell my fingers dude…I just smoked a doobie.”
I didn’t need to smell his fingers. He was obviously telling the truth.
In spite of all Tommy’s invitations though, I never joined him in lighting one up. Somehow, even in my freshmen mindset, it didn’t seem like a good idea.
But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t tempted. The thought of taking a trip and escaping from everything for a little while definitely had an appeal. Yet, my reply was “Thanks man, but I’ll pass.”
Since those days I’ve been turned on to a different way of getting high, which I do quite often. It’s a guilt-free, righteous way of getting above all the stuff down here that can be so frustrating. I picked up on it from the example of David in the Bible.
Look close enough and you will see that David got high a lot. Spiritually speaking, of course. How? Through his relationship with God. Whenever David reached out to God in prayer, at least for a little while, he was way out of the reach of his antagonists. Fellowship with God was his safe, elevated place.
If you have trusted Jesus, the truth is you are already positioned with Him high up in heavenly places. It’s a done deal. But sometimes from where we’re standing, heaven seems a million miles away, doesn’t it?
Psalm 61 gives us a glimpse of how David handled those moments when he needed to get high:
1 Hear my cry, O God,
listen to my prayer;
2 from the end of the earth I call to you
when my heart is faint.
Lead me to the rock
that is higher than I,
3 for you have been my refuge,
a strong tower against the enemy.
Bottom line – David got higher by drawing nearer to God. The closer he got, the higher he got. By practicing ruggedly honest prayer that was focused on the goodness and grace of the Lord, David got relief from the normal stress of life down here.
Now that I know it’s an option, I get high just about every day. (If you quote me here, context is really important : )
I’m not sure who said it first, but I’ll be the one to say it again, “There’s no high like the Most High!”
It’s a new day with God. Run with it.