This was sent to me by Shirley as 'an enjoyment' email. I liked
it so much I decided to put it here.
|Only years of standing in the weather, bearing the storms
and scorching sun, only that can produce beautiful barn wood.
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.
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!
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
I do sincerely thank God for my wonderful friends and family who love me even though I show signs of weathering.
July 11, 2008
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