It felt like I had taken a trip in a time machine. Walking through the yard of an Ohio Swartzentruber Amish family farm, the sights, smells, and sounds swirled around me. It was as if time stood still on that particular piece of property. No phone. No power. No running water. Just people, animals and nature.
Behind the house was a large corn crib. I’m sure the family didn’t pay much attention to it, other than it’s practicality for them. But, I thought it was beautiful with the bright yellow colors.
In front of their barn was a wagon of some sort. It looked peaceful resting there. I’m sure it has seen many hours of hard work. Red barns are my favorite. Their barns were faded and peeling. Swartzentruber Amish keep things very plain and simple. So, the farms tend to look a bit run down. But, personally, I think they are lovely. I love to look at them, but I am thankful that I don’t live like they do. I like my conveniences. 🙂
As I continued to explore the simple splendor of the farm, I happened to glance down. There, nestled in the grass and fallen leaves, was a single feather. With so much to see all around me, I was struck by this small feather that had been left behind…forgotten. It could easily have been blown away or stepped on. Yet, there it was, showing its beauty…hidden, but set apart.
Maybe you are little like this feather. You used to be part of something bigger. You used to be surrounded by a large group of friends, or by family. You had a support system that you thought would always be there for you.
But, something happened. Whatever the reason, you were plucked away from what you thought was your foundation. Everything you thought you were, you now question because you feel alone.
This feather was a feather when it was part of a bird. It looked exactly like it looks now, only it was surrounded by other feathers. It was still beautiful. But, now that it is separated, its uniqueness can shine.
See, sometimes change is painful. It hurts to be plucked away from our security. Remember, though, that you are still YOU. You may feel alone, but just like I looked down and saw this lovely feather, God sees you. He won’t let you be blown away. He won’t step on you. In fact, he will pick you up and help you find your inner beauty.
You may feel hidden, but perhaps God is setting you apart for some greater purpose. Perhaps he needed to pluck you away so you could focus on him and his plan for your life. That plan is beautiful. I can’t wait to see what God does in your life as he picks you up and carries you.
Lisa Bull sees her life as a journey along God’s divine plan. While considering herself an expert on nothing, she enjoys laughing and has made “choosing joy” her motto. Lisa has experienced God’s unfailing love and grace in her life and wants nothing more than for others to enjoy that same gift in their lives.
Lisa is the daughter and granddaughter of ministers. She has multiple relatives in ministry on both sides of her father’s family including several pastors, pastor’s wives, and missionaries. In fact, ministry in her maternal grandmother’s family can be traced back several generations. She loves being a wife and mother of two terrific young men.