Old Barns and Old People

big barn

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,
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 beauty.


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 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!




  1. Thank you Maggie…oh and that first barn at the very top it used to be our barn when we first moved there, we lived in the bottom floor of it with hay all around us…it was fun but not…lol.

    • Yes I thank goodness that we did have at least a roof to sit under when it rained. But of course the hay was our chairs and you know how scratchy hay is…lol. We used to put blankets over each bale so we didn’t get all chaffed up…and then of course there were the pack rats that would come in and try to steal something someone had left out…and they were big…scared the crap out of me once when I saw it….but they were harmless or so my brother said….I am just glad we don’t have to live like that anymore…but it was quite an experience that’s for sure.

  2. OH ME TOO…lol….it was scary because they would sneek in and I would see it with the corner of my eye and go screaming out the door. And thats when my brother said they are harmless….yeah right!!!!

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