One of my birthday gifts came a day early this year, God allowed me to witness something beautiful.
Kayla and I drive to school the same way every morning. I noticed the crossing guard seemed down cast so I told Kayla to roll down her window and greet her. This was three years ago.
Since then, they developed a tradition, one or the other would initiate the smile, wave, and “good morning.” Two weeks ago the crossing guard stopped us to announce her last day would be in arriving soon. Kayla instantly decided she’d draw her a picture.
Our routine has been drastically interrupted the past two weeks. Kayla never forgot and reminded me when the day arrived. The crossing guard saw us walking and her joy was evident. Kayla gave her Haley’s picture first, then presented her drawing of two horses one jumping and the other with a rider waving with a personal note thanking her for her “Good Morning” and wishing God’s best on her career change.
The crossing guard gave Kayla a big hug and said how much her smile meant every morning, advising her to never underestimate the impact that a smile can have. Kayla was confused at the tears flowing from Adriane, (I finally asked her name though I did not confirm the spelling).
Before we left I gave Adriane a hug and whispered, “Thank you for acknowledging her smile. May the joy and blessings of Jesus be with you in your new employment.”
We returned to the van and continued on our way. Kayla asked if the tears were happy tears… and I told Kayla I just witnessed was Heaven on Earth… I asked her what she thought God wants her to learn with this experience…
“That the light of Jesus shines in my smile.”
I think I had better start carrying tissues in my van.
Thank you Father for this child and her love for You… May she never forget the impact of her smile and the source of its light. Thank You for Your provision of this wonderful woman who took the time to acknowledge her smile, may she be abundantly blessed through her new employment.