April 20th is a day largely revered (by some) and tisked upon (by some) -both blissfully enjoyed and vehemently detested.

Why? Because it is internationally known as the day to celebrate marijuana.

Who knows -maybe one day it will be an official statutory holiday. Might as well be; no one gets much done anyway. (Easy now, it’s just a joke!)

This morning while perusing Facebook, I saw a mention referring to it. As a clean and sober person for multiple years, I forget about such things. I forget the significance just a few digits can imply when it comes to getting loaded. My mind just doesn’t go there anymore. One year I went to see Raekwan -so exciting!- except for the fact the concert date was just another day to me, but in reality to everyone else there it was 420 fest. (I still laugh about it.)

I will never, however, forget my favourite high school teacher presenting to the class her research findings regarding what is widely dubbed “420”. I no longer remember the precision of what was taught so I just did a little digging to refresh my memory. The term 420 goes all the way back to five students, calling themselves the Waldos, at San Rafael High School in California in 1971.

The Huffington Post got a pretty incredible interview with them -at long last:

The Waldos’ story goes like this: One day in the fall of 1971 — harvest time — the Waldos got word of a Coast Guard service member, Bill McNulty, who could no longer tend his plot of marijuana plants near the Point Reyes Peninsula Coast Guard station. A treasure map in hand, the Waldos decided to pluck some of the free bud. McNulty’s brother, Pat McNulty, watched Bill draw the map, he said in a sort-of affidavit the Waldos provided to HuffPost in 2015.

The Waldos, who were all athletes, agreed to meet at the statue of Louis Pasteur outside the school at 4:20 p.m., after practice, to begin the hunt.

“We would remind each other in the hallways we were supposed to meet up at 4:20. It originally started out 4:20-Louis, and we eventually dropped the Louis,” Capper, 57, says.

The first forays were unsuccessful, but the group kept looking for the hidden crop. “We’d meet at 4:20 and get in my old ’66 Chevy Impala, and, of course, we’d smoke instantly and smoke all the way out to Point Reyes and smoke the entire time we were out there. We did it week after week,” says Capper. “We never actually found the patch.”

But they did find a useful codeword. “I could say to one of my friends, I’d go, ‘420,’ and it was telepathic. He would know if I was saying, ‘Hey, do you wanna go smoke some?’ Or, ‘Do you have any?’ Or, ‘Are you stoned right now?’ It was kind of telepathic just from the way you said it,” Capper says. “Our teachers didn’t know what we were talking about. Our parents didn’t know what we were talking about.”

(full article at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/20/pot-day-420_n_7099706.html)

But I am not writing to give you a history lesson, or berating around 420, or doing drugs, or good and bad/right and wrong. That was all just background for my story:

I bare witness, daily, to an odd phenomenon. Strangely enough it only began after I got sober. I kid you not, every single day I catch a clock at 4:20.

A.M. … P.M. … sometimes both.

Every. Day. For years.

Is this unusual? No, not really. I know several other sober mates whose clocks also fixate on the number. It honestly just weirds me out and I wish I could shake it, but the number follows me everywhere.

I am well aware lots of people have particular digits or numbers stand out to them. I personally do not believe it coincidence. Whether it truly is your “lucky number”, or just some subconscious game the psyche plays, I believe these numbers have significance.

A few years ago I was reading a book about Angels and there was a numerical reference section where each digit corresponds with a message from an Angel. So of course I immediately look up 4-2-0 and get a response something to the extent of “Trust in God; you are being watched over and directed.” At least that’s how I remember it. And I’ve received comfort in that ever since.

So thinking about all this today, I decided to do some more digging -from a slightly different source than some would expect.

That’s right, I am seeking what words the Lord has to share about 420!

I went through each book in the Bible (NIV) looking for Chapter 4, Verse 20.

In the Old Testament, there are 18 books ruled out (6 with less than 4 Chapters; 12 with less than 20 Verses.)

In the New Testament, less 16 more books (9 with less than 4 Chapters; 7 with less than 20 Verses.)

The search was also greatly narrowed down by the 20th Verse making no sense out of pages worth of context.

Here is what remains: perhaps an enlightening way to view 420 -as a number, a time, or a date- from now on.

Psalm 4

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David.

Answer me when I call to you,
    my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress;
    have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

How long will you people turn my glory into shame?
    How long will you love delusions and seek false gods?
Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant for himself;
    the Lord hears when I call to him.

Tremble and do not sin;
    when you are on your beds,
    search your hearts and be silent.
Offer the sacrifices of the righteous
    and trust in the Lord.

Many, Lord, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?”
    Let the light of your face shine on us.
Fill my heart with joy
    when their grain and new wine abound.

In peace I will lie down and sleep,
    for you alone, Lord,
    make me dwell in safety.

Psalm 20

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

May the Lord answer you when you are in distress;
    may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
May he send you help from the sanctuary
    and grant you support from Zion.
May he remember all your sacrifices
    and accept your burnt offerings.[b]
May he give you the desire of your heart
    and make all your plans succeed.
May we shout for joy over your victory
    and lift up our banners in the name of our God.

May the Lord grant all your requests.

Now this I know:
    The Lord gives victory to his anointed.
He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary
    with the victorious power of his right hand.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
    but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
They are brought to their knees and fall,
    but we rise up and stand firm.
Lord, give victory to the king!
    Answer us when we call!

Proverbs 4

Get Wisdom at Any Cost

Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction;
    pay attention and gain understanding.
I give you sound learning,
    so do not forsake my teaching.
For I too was a son to my father,
    still tender, and cherished by my mother.
Then he taught me, and he said to me,
    “Take hold of my words with all your heart;
    keep my commands, and you will live.
Get wisdom, get understanding;
    do not forget my words or turn away from them.
Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
    love her, and she will watch over you.
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom.
    Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
Cherish her, and she will exalt you;
    embrace her, and she will honor you.
She will give you a garland to grace your head
    and present you with a glorious crown.”

10 Listen, my son, accept what I say,
    and the years of your life will be many.
11 I instruct you in the way of wisdom
    and lead you along straight paths.
12 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered;
    when you run, you will not stumble.
13 Hold on to instruction, do not let it go;
    guard it well, for it is your life.
14 Do not set foot on the path of the wicked
    or walk in the way of evildoers.
15 Avoid it, do not travel on it;
    turn from it and go on your way.
16 For they cannot rest until they do evil;
    they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble.
17 They eat the bread of wickedness
    and drink the wine of violence.

18 The path of the righteous is like the morning sun,
    shining ever brighter till the full light of day.
19 But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness;
    they do not know what makes them stumble.

20 My son, pay attention to what I say;
    turn your ear to my words.
21 Do not let them out of your sight,
    keep them within your heart;
22 for they are life to those who find them
    and health to one’s whole body.
23 Above all else, guard your heart,
    for everything you do flows from it.
24 Keep your mouth free of perversity;
    keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
25 Let your eyes look straight ahead;
    fix your gaze directly before you.
26 Give careful thought to the paths for your feet
    and be steadfast in all your ways.
27 Do not turn to the right or the left;
    keep your foot from evil.

Mark 4: 13 Then Jesus said to them …14 The farmer sows the word. 15 Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. 16 Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. 17 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 18 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; 19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.20 Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.”

Romans 4: 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God,21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.

1 Corinthians 4: 20 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.

Philippians 4: 20 To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

1 John 4: 19 We love because he first loved us.20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.

Amen, indeed.