Ever walk the fence line during the early morning light and watch the sun play off the strands of barbed wire? It makes them look as if they are glowing. As I walked along searching for cuts and breaks, I let my mind clear and begin to wonder. I let the quiet of the early morning sooth my soul and heart.
I stopped at the edge of a hill, watching the sun play on the dew filled grasses, dance along the fence and listened as a pair of dove sang softly in the distance to each other. The wonderful things that nature can teach us if we only listen. Doves mate for life. Often times when a dove looses their mate they grieve themselves to death, but if they are lucky, they are “adopted” by another couple. I searched for any sign of color this morning to signal the first signs of spring. I caught a glimpse of a couple of robin, but still no sign of the scissortails. The grass is beginning to turn green beneath the high growth of last years pasture grass but no signs yet of wildflowers. Looking down the long fence line at how the sun lit up the six row strand, I realized that those strands often signify my life.
Strong and straight and full of purpose. They stand together like friends and family, even though there are a few barbs that can irritate you at times. To cross to the other side, it often takes a friend to lift up on the top strand and to stand firmly on the bottom, that way those barbs don’t dig into your skin. We shine bright in the sunlit times of our lives, but it is honestly those dull, drab days that our strength is best seen. Each post marking a milestone in our lives, the wire is wrapped tightly to them making a stronger fence, making us into the character and personality that we have become. The creator rides the fence patching holes, putting up new pieces, and tightening the slack to make the fence even stronger. Much like our creator does in our own lives.
As I near the corner post, I realize how much they are like the people that come into our lives to stay. Braced for strength, by the simple love that they are given by the creator to be strong and help hold us up through the good and the bad. The sun rises and sets with each passing day, the wind, the rain, the snow and all other weather and animals bless us, and age us.
Our simple purpose? To protect the things we love the most. The land, the people and animals, our homes. A gate allows the outside world access, but it is truly us that allows them into our domain.