Just another traveler on life’s highway hanging out in the slow lane. It’s quiet. It’s peaceful. Beyond the horizon is rest calling my name. Green pastures, still waters, my cup overflows.
When I was a young teenaged boy, 14 years old, I had a terrific crush on an older woman. Yeah, she was 17 and just about pretty as an angel. Of course, not knowing what angels looked like, I had to use a lot of imagination and, believe me, that was not a problem.
Between her junior and senior year in high school, she and her momma took an extended trip to Germany to stay with distant relatives. I was heartbroken, briefly, until a sexy, buxomly cheerleader winked at me in biology lab. Smitten does not adequately define my newly discovered heart-throb. I quickly forgot the older woman in my life.
Years later, I learned from reliable sources that the trip to Germany was coordinated with an unplanned pregnancy. Surprise! Surprise! Several of my female classmates found themselves in the same unexpected condition, but none of them resulted in an interracial child. Surprise! Surprise! C’mon folks, it was 1963 in rural Pennsylvania. Things like that simply were not allowed to happen.
“Mary immediately got up and hurried to the hill country, in the province of Judah, where her cousins Zacharias and Elizabeth lived. When Mary entered their home and greeted Elizabeth, who felt her baby leap in her womb, Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. (Elizabeth shouting) You are blessed among all women, and the child you bear is blessed! And blessed am I as well, that the mother of my Lord has come to me!” Luke 1:39-43 THE VOICE
The scriptures do not explain why Mary ran to the hills. Is it possible that her explanation…..”well daddy, the Holy Ghost came upon me and told me that I would become pregnant by God and that my baby would be the Messiah”…..simply did not fly in her home town? A child-bearing 12 or 13 year-old unmarried child probably encouraged a few questions from the village women drawing water at the well. I also would probably run to the hills…or maybe Germany.
All of us need a place where we can feel safe and loved, a place away from judgement, condemnation and shame. Mary found her refuge with her cousins Elizabeth and Zacharias. We, too, have that same refuge freely available to us in the person of Mary’s son, Jesus. Even for those who do not accept the virginity of Mary or the divinity of Jesus, the teachings and scriptures attributed to his earthly ministry are a blueprint for peace, contentment, and spiritual resurrection in this life.
Recovering addicts and alcoholics understand this resurrection. It has been our experience. We were dying and dead when a Higher Power restored us to the living.
Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. Step 2, ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS