Experience is a Doorway, Not a Final Destination- Oswald Chambers

Friday, March 19

60-Year-Old Zeus

When Lynn and I were first married we took a trip to Florida with my family for vacation. One evening we walked the beach and passed by one of the most interesting men I have ever met.

I don't remember his name, but this middle-aged man wore a leopard print Speedo, had long wavy hair, a hairy chest with beads dangling to his belly and his cheeks were freckled from the sun.

We learned that he was walking the beach because he loved watching the turtles lay eggs.

"I love all living things," he said. "I am Zeus, Buddha, Jesus, John the Baptist and Paul. I died on the cross. I control the seas. I love all creatures."

We asked him what he meant by that. He said that he is eternity and he has been reincarnated hundreds of times.

"It is all about the love, man. Love. I would never harm a single person. I have never hated anyone."

As the conversation continued, we realized that this man may have some issues. Lynn, finding his rantings ridiculous, said, "So, what if I punched you right now? Would you still feel the love?"

The man just smiled.

He made me think. Love is not all gumdrops and rainbows. Love can be difficult to do.

It is an action.

When someone punches you in the jaw, it could mean turning your cheek to him also. Or, if it was my sister, it could mean a wrestling match. I am just sayin'.


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Jenny C said...

I love this post.

allisongraber said...

Did I mention that as he was walking away his Speedo was riding up his crack? I thought it was better to end the post with love instead of wedgies.

Jenny C said...

love > wedgies. good call