Driving through the farm country of central Michigan, you will see cornfields and farms. Many farms. All kinds of farms. Here’s one with fresh red paint and an intriguing patterned roof.
When I got out to photograph this dilapidated building, the neighbor sitting on his porch nearby yelled, “Hey, did you bring wood, hammer and nails?” Yes, this one is in need of some care. No, I didn’t bring a hammer and nails. Besides, a storm came blowing in, and I headed back to my car as the drops of rain started falling. A severe weather warning broadcast on the radio as I headed away.
People are like these barns in some ways. We may present a pleasant, put-together look. If you look closer, you’ll see the flaws, the areas in need of care. Some of us are battered by years and pounding rains and icy snow and have more obvious problems. The seasons keep rolling along, weakening what once was sturdy.
How about you? Maybe you’re feeling dilapidated and tired and worn out, not sure if you can stand the next onslaught. Remember that you are beautiful to others, whether the paint is shiny new, peeling off, or gone altogether. It’s character that counts, and character that gives us true beauty not diminished by any storm.