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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Old barns, old people

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 suspect we'll hauled off some day to wherever old folks get hauled off to, to be more beautiful then. for the seasons we've been through here. Who knows? We just may even add a bit of beauty to the place.

May there be peace within you today. May you be exactly where you are meant to be.

And I do sincerely grateful for my wonderful friends and family who care about me even though I show signs of weathering!




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