Stacey Philpot has been off the grid because Facebook became toxic for her. There’s been a lot of politics, name-calling, and finger-pointing, so she turned her FB notifications off.
Stacey’s friend knew that so she tagged her so she can see the post about a young boy who’s standing alone in the flag pole of the school to pray. In the social media thread, the community members are praising the boy and his parents.
One parent commented, “I don’t know who he was, but his Momma and Daddy should be proud. That takes courage. He’s a young man of great character.”
As Stacey scrolled the photos, she couldn’t hold her astonishment because it was her son, Hayden, who’s standing at the flag pole.
She said, “It was my little boy who I’d rocked to sleep in blue airplane pajamas when he was sick. It was my toddler who loved Elmo and couldn’t go to sleep without holding his Veggie Tales characters in his hands. He had captured the attention of our community by standing alone, by doing everything we’d ever taught him, everything we’d ever hoped he would do. I was completely undone.”
The Facebook thread is touching. Some of the comments that Stacey read are, “There are still good parents out there.”
Stacey is battling chronic illness, and she feels she’s far from being a perfect parent, wife, and community member, so all those kind comments melt her heart away. Those comments are blessings because Stacey felt she needs to make a better effort at becoming better at everything she does.
Stacey texted her son while he’s still at school and she said, “You should know that people in our community are going crazy about a young man who stood at a flagpole alone and prayed this morning. They are talking about what an amazing young man he must be and how proud his parents should be. And I want you to know that your parents are so proud of you. You are an amazing young man. I love you so much.”
Hayden was crying when he went home, and he read all the comments with her mom. Hayden told her mother that he’s amazed at what happened. He said, “God, as people drive by, let them wonder, let their hearts be pricked. It’s crazy because it’s like He answered in this big way!”
Hayden’s initial plan was just to pray until someone comes along and prays with him. But as he realized no one would join him, he just asked the Lord to help him serve through his efforts of standing alone in the flag pole to pray.
Stacey encourages people to remember that God will help those who want to serve Him, and He’s always there for us. And we should always pray and help others even if we feel we’re alone in our endeavors to please God because the Lord knows and appreciates all our efforts to become pleasing.