Old Barns and Old People
Absolutely beautifully said !
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,
I told him he had a funny idea of beauty.
Sure, it was a handsome building in its day.
But then, there’s
Now the old building leans a good deal, looking kind of tired.
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 weather 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 Ranch.
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 house.
May there be peace within you today.
May you trust God that you are
Exactly where you are meant to be.
And I do sincerely
Thank God for my wonderful friends and
Family who care about me even though
I show signs of weathering!
Have a GREAT DAY!