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Just a slob like one of us. OK, you are not a slob. But you are like a God!

Updated on July 10, 2014

Meadows are great for sleeping

somewhere near Avignon France.
somewhere near Avignon France. | Source

Can you even imagine riches like mine?

I just plain and simple love life. I do not suffer. One time I lived under a bridge in a place called White River Junction Vermont. One time I lived in a log cabin I helped build at about 8,000 feet above sea level. And one time I lived in a hospital bed. Hear tell that as a babe I lived in a closet. And one time I spent over 30 days living on dirt in the bottom of the Grand Canyon. And do not even get me started about the jails in Paris France or Tijuana Mexico or Saigon Vietnam.

You see I love to rest and it really does not matter where. I sleep with riches in my heart. Everywhere is somewhere worth being.

How would you like to grow up with a big brother like this? Yes that is my big brother.

I was just a boy

My super cool big brother took me down the path to the outhouse on the other end of our land. I had to poo poo in the middle of the night. And big old Brian had his turn to take little old Eric to do his business.

Some way and how he stole a blanket. And as we headed back to the cabin we lived in, He just plopped me down in a meadow to see the stars. We just laid there looking at stars. I awoke to a playful ugly and mean dad around an hour before day break. He did not swoop us up. He laid down next to us and pointed out stars and planets.

Ya see our world and our heavens are not ours. Yet they are if we choose to make them ours.

We are given life and life in itself is wonderful and love is more natural than the opposite whatever that is.

So what if God were one of us, just a slob like all of us?

I imagine some that get all reverent on me and holier than thou might think this thought sacrilege. I am sorry to offend. I beg your pardon. But I have this personal relationship that bars no thought and hinders no imagination. That is how the cosmos wired me.

Now just think for a second: Buddha and Christ and Cochise and our Dalai Lama for much of the important part of their lives had no home. Yes you heard me - they were homeless. Jesus got near stoned to death when he returned home, and Dalai Lama would still be arrested if he returned home. I dare say that most who read this are less of a slob than most homeless folks. So there you have it. In fact if God were to appear to us as so many believe God in fact would be a slob like one of us, or worse.

I hope the "slob" does not offend it is meant to break down barriers and it is stolen from a very interesting song. Which you should listen to below.

Most people would think me quite well kept. Out in the world I appear that way. Not on my one day off though. My boy and I really do not need to get dressed up for pet stores, digging in the dirt and going hiking and playing with my tools. I also don't much like wasting too much water cleaning. But I have nice suits and clothes to wear. But sometimes don't you just feel like a slob even when you are all gussied up?


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Be cool to the next slob you meet.

Do you think God would come as a Dressed up King or Queen

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Would you lock God out if God knocked on your door and was a slob? Or what if God appeared as just a child would you listen?

For how you treat the least of these is how you treat your God.
For how you treat the least of these is how you treat your God. | Source

Well what do you think?

Do you think you are better than those you criticize? Do you think you would stone someone who spoke contrary to your beliefs like those old Nazarenes or Communist Chinese or Hitler or Stalin or Pol Pot?

Or do you think next time you see a man out in front of a bunch of homeless bums apparently leading them to someplace you might stop and think that it just could be Buddha? Do you think that because I have less followers than you and am not as popular and my scores are lower than yours that you are better than me?

"I am I cried". But no one heard me for I was poor and they were rich. He walked and talked into the place of worship but the elders rejected him. He lead his people on a fight for freedom but his people lost the war. So he was forgotten.

We speak of holy of holies. But perhaps were are wholly of holey. There are gaps in our logic of faith and love. Unless we look at each other as though each on of us is just a slob like one of us and just maybe God.

You see it is not about seeing everyone the same or being color blind or even about liking to hang out with people like yourself. Nope it is about that barrier that exists between people "who have it together" and those of us that do not. I think I had probably visited 20 countries when I figured out that not everyone has manners like mine. I mean who would think about burping after dinner and why would you bow instead of shake? A friends father asked him after a dinner if I had something wrong with my crotch. My friend laughed to hard and said that some people believe you keep one hand in your lap while eating a formal dinner. I stopped doing that so people would not think that I was doing something down there.

Are you "I am" or are you someone else?

Just an old black hat

Any body can put on a nice hat.
Any body can put on a nice hat. | Source

There is a very cool notion attributed to Jesus Christ.

You see they mocked Jesus and crucified/beat hell of him and then hung him by nails on a wooden cross and mocked him more as He left this earth. I tell you that is as low as you can go via human worldly status. The put a sign above him saying King.

Well a bit before that Jesus told His band of guys and dolls a little truth. And it goes something like this:

You fed me when I was starving, you clothed me when I was naked, you comforted me when I was chained and you healed me when I was lame and sick.


Of course his buddies looked at him sideways and said no we did not!

People when you clothe the naked and when you love the orphan and save the widow and bring hope to convicts and treat the sick. These things you do for me.

If you ask me that is a very classy way for a king to act. So in real time truth God is telling us that He is in fact just a slob like one of us or maybe worse.

Let me rephrase that. God is Love. Love is in all of us. All of us have God within us. There may be billions of us but not one of us is without that God love. Perhaps just maybe next time you see a broken down bum. Think of him as me on a bad day and lend a hand. Or at least see a little bit of God in him and give him a hand for me.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mark do not go any where -- I am going to reread II and then move into III tonight. I am going to make some hard artichoke tea and curl up under my covers and experience life as a bully in prison.

      I bet ole Jesus would just love to hang out with me and read some Mark with me. Everybody get over there to my buddy and start with this and move forward: https://hubpages.com/literature/Jimmy-Steele-Act-I... this man here is a genius. And remember my name cuz I told you bout him.

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      Mark 4 years ago from Moundsville,WV

      Loved it! it makes you think about the truth and how we can be so judgmental of others. Thanks for sharing

      Mark

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Isn't it just a hoot Sparklea that people start thinking of Jesus like some king on a throne. Hey -- no way. He walked around more than we do and he slept out, more that we do. Just think by today's standards how dirty He and His merry band would have been. Yikes! He walks around with me, I can feel it. I am afraid me may judge me harshly for my soft bed and daily shower.

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      Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      I loved that song about the slob, and I always will, plus the way they presented God appearances on the show was phenomenal and unique. It was one of my very favorite shows.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sparklea how fun is that? My wife was about 33 when I took her to a hotel with a great balcony. I moved the bed half in and half outside. Well she liked it for a while but I moved it back in. hihihi, funny she is a country girl who grew up with a partial dirt floor kitchen, but no way out under the stars.

      Cool about that song. Some Christians have made Christ a King of man's world and find the song repulsive. I seem to remember something about a donkey instead of a chariot.

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      Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Voted up, useful, funny and awesome and I LOVED the movie clip. Your brother? How wonderful is that? "What if God were one of us, just a slob like all of us?" - That was the theme song to the TV Show "Joan Of Arcadia" - a show I just loved and was so upset when it got cancelled.

      One of my List goals is to sleep under the stars. You brought out some very profound insights. I just LOVE your writing. Especially the questions you ask in this write.

      God bless you now, and always, you are a blessing to Hub Pages. Sparklea :)

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      That is so cool Maria. I actually pulled those verses up while I wrote this. I just love them. Perhaps it is in some vanity that I do, for I have been loved in all those ways. "We do not need wings to fly, only love. And what greater heights can we reach than with His love"

      Thanks much and more

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 4 years ago from Borik√©n the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Your message is clear and loud just like in Matthew 25: 34-40 that says: “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. ‘For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ “Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? ‘And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? ‘When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ “The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’