Have you ever had one of those experiences when you feel that an angel is truly present in your life?
My daughter, Krista, had one recently.
After rushing around, getting her twin toddlers bathed, fed, and dressed and getting herself ready for an early morning meeting, she got the children in their car seats and prepared to drive off.
But, when she opened the garage door, she saw a hawk standing on the other side, right behind the rear bumper.
Needless to say, she was surprised and startled. One would think that the bird would be startled too–by the garage door opening, a human being approaching, or the car inching closer.
Not this bird. Despite all attempts to make the bird move, he (or she) maintained eye contact with my daughter while holding its wings outstretched.
According to Krista, the huge bird seemed to be saying, “Slow down” or Don’t go.”
For a full fifteen minutes, the bird blocked the way. When my daughter tried to maneuver the car around the right side of the bird, the bird walked to the right. When she tried to get around on the left, the bird walked left.
After just enough time for my daughter to say (to herself) “Okay. I give up. I’m not going downtown to that meeting,” the bird pulled in its wings and walked to the side out the driveway, out of the way.
Was it a message to slow down? Was it an intervention, protecting my daughter and grandchildren from an accident?
Sometimes we get to see the specifics of the Divine at work in our lives. But usually we don’t. And that’s okay. We don’t need to know, do we? It’s enough to have faith that Love knows us and is always near.
And, yet, isn’t it nice to share stories that remind us?
If you’d like to share such a story, please do!