Heaven Sent Moments

I was just graced by God’s faithfulness, firsthand.  Today I turned 24 and I wholeheartedly believe I was just given a birthday gift from Heaven.  A gift that does not compare to earthly possessions.

For those who do not know, my dad passed away on Father’s Day when I was nine years old.  This is something that has significantly affected me in various ways during each stage of my life.  My dad is sorely missed every single day but some days the grief feels a little stronger.  Especially on life events and holidays.  To celebrate life without the one who loved life to the fullest is a daily struggle.

Fast forward to today.  I spent my morning watching home videos because that is honestly one of my absolute favorite things to do.  You guessed it, because I am able to see my dad’s beaming smile, loving attitude, and hear his joyous laugh.  I am able to see the memories from those childhood years that are absolute treasures for me.  I depend on them to ease the pain.  As one of the home videos was ending I decided to take my dog, Myah, for a walk down the cul-de-sac.  I was able to chat with a couple of sweet, funny older ladies two houses down from my mom’s house.  And then I set on my way again. 

I saw a UPS truck parked at the end of the cul-de-sac.  My dad worked for UPS, and being the friendly man he was, a lot of UPS employees know of him still to this day.  So every UPS truck I see, I feel the need to ask them about my dad just to see if by some chance they knew him.  I absolutely love hearing stories about him.  As I walked closer to the UPS truck I was thinking of how I was going to bring up my dad to this driver.  Then, the driver came walking down the driveway straight towards me.  Without me saying one word, he asked, “Are you Hailey?”  Talk about a heart stopping moment.  I had been preparing what I was going to ask this driver about my dad, never expecting him to come up to me as if he already knew me. 

Turns out, I ran into this driver about a year ago in my hometown where I had approached him asking if he knew Scott Crawford.  We had a short conversation about my dad at that first meeting and the man had nothing but kind things to say about my dad. 

Today, he apologized for not taking more time to talk about how much my dad cherished me and loved being my father.  It’s not that I never realized how much my dad loved me because he always showed his love, making me feel like a princess.  But with my dad not physically here to say those words to me, my heart still longs to hear those words.  It is an indescribable feeling.  Talk about an emotional moment.

We both welled up with tears just talking about the kind of person he was.  How much he is missed.  That UPS driver was just the gift I needed today, the ultimate blessing to be reminded that my dad is always in my heart and that his love for me was that of a limitless father/daughter love.  There are thousands of other things I could have done differently leading up to that walk that would have jeopardized my chances of receiving this gift.  But God had a plan and knew that I needed that message today.  He knew that my heart aches for my dad.  

I am thankful that God knows all of our hearts.  
I am thankful that God guided me to that particular moment and that He will continue to guide me in this life.  
I am thankful for Heaven sent gifts and for the unfailing love our Lord and Savior has for each one of us.  
I am thankful that God chose me to be Scott Crawford’s daughter.  
I am thankful for the little things, because they mean the most.  
I am thankful to have been sent an angel today with a message that I really needed to hear from my dad.  
I am thankful to have had the kind of dad that showed me what it was to love like Christ.  

Cheers to 24.

Today I pray for those who have lost loved ones.  The pain is always there, we just learn how to cope with it.  But sometimes coping just isn't enough and we need special reminders from Heaven.  I pray that our hearts are protected by God’s armor and that we are able to find peace in the grieving moments.  Lord, be with us when our hearts ache for our loved ones.  When there are moments that we feel as if life will never be able to move on.  Remind us that we are living for Your purpose and fulfilling an unimaginably divine calling.  Comfort us.  Guide us.  Protect us.  We are not walking alone, we are walking by faith, carried in Your arms.  It’s in your name I pray, Amen.

"You give life, You are love
You bring light to the darkness
You give hope, You restore
Every heart that is broken
Great are You, Lord"


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