THE WEATHERED OLD BARN
A stranger came by the other day with an offer that set me to thinking.
He wanted to buy the old barn that sits out by the highway I told him
right off he was crazy. He was a city type, you could tell by his
clothes, his car, his hands, and the way he talked. He said he was
driving by and saw that beautiful barn sitting out in the tall grass and
wanted to know if it was for sale. I told him he had a funny idea of
Sure, it was a handsome building in its day. But then, there's been a
lot of winters pass with their snow and ice and howling wind. The summer
sun's beat down on that old barn till all the paint's gone, and the wood
has turned silver gray. Now the old building leans a good deal, looking
kind of tired. Yet, that fellow called it beautiful.
That set me to thinking. I walked out to the field and just stood there,
gazing at that old barn The stranger said he planned to use the lumber
to line the walls of his den in a new country home he's building down
the road. He said you couldn't get paint that beautiful. Only years of
standing in the weather, bearing the storms and scorching sun, only that
can produce beautiful barn wood.
It came to me then. We're a lot like that, you and I. Only it's on the
inside that the beauty grows with us. Sure we turn silver gray too. and
lean a bit more than we did when we were young and full of sap. But the
Good Lord knows what He's doing. And as the years pass He's busy using
the hard wealth of our lives, the dry spells and the stormy seasons, to
do a job of beautifying our souls that nothing else can produce. And to
think how often folks holler because they want life easy.
They took the old barn down today and hauled it away to beautify a rich
man's house. And I reckon someday you and I'll be hauled off to Heaven
to take on whatever chores the Good Lord has for us on the Great Sky
And I suspect we'll be more beautiful then for the seasons we've been
through here... and just maybe even add a bit of beauty to our Father's
May today there be peace within you.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
"I believe that friends are quiet angels who lift us to our feet when
our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.