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A Stranger
Posted On 01/12/2007 13:37:00 by NurseJ2121
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.  Then, there has been many winters pass with their snow, 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 somewhat 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 is building down the road.  He said you could not 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 are a lot like that, you and I.  Only it is 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.  However, the Good Lord knows what He is doing.  In addition, as the years pass He is 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.  In addition, 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.  In addition, I reckon someday you and I will be hauled off to Heaven to take on whatever chores the Good Lord has for us on the Great Sky Ranch. 

In addition, I suspect we will be more beautiful then for the seasons we have been through here... and just maybe even add a bit of beauty to our Father's house. 

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.”

~Author Unknown


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