Blogger Stacey Philpot decided to take a little break from the internet, as we all need a pause from time to time. She explained on her blog: “The air on Facebook has felt a bit toxic to me lately. So, I announced I’d be taking a little hiatus… I looked forward to the wide-open space free from Facebook notifications.”
Just as she took herself off the grid, so to speak, she received an urgent text from a friend about a post she had seen on Facebook. Stacey got back online to see what was up, checking out the viral post involving a kid doing something his classmates wouldn’t do with him.
She couldn’t believe when she scrolled down to find a picture of her own son. Stacey soon realized everyone in the community was talking about her son, praising his courageous actions.
Stacey took to her blog to write about her son Hayden, noting that he “… 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.”
Hayden stood alone at the Lake Minneola High School’s flagpole during See You at the Pole day, which encourages youth to gather at their school flagpole to pray for family, friends, and their community.
He was the only person at school who did it.
Stacey explained: “My son says at first, he thought he would simply pray until someone else came along. Eventually, he realized no one else was coming. Then, the cry of his heart changed. He asked that God would do something with his standing alone.”
Hayden made a difference that day, even if he was just one person, as the story went viral and people on social media were buzzing about him.
Stacey noted that she texted Hayden to let him know about the buzz, explaining: “You should know that people in our community are going crazy about a young man who stood at a flag pole alone and prayed this morning. They are talking about what an amazing young man he must be and how proud his parent’s 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 came home that day with tears in his eyes, and though Stacey had taken a break from the internet, she couldn’t help but sit with her son and read all of the positive comments he was receiving online.
She explained that Hayden taught her something valuable by standing up for what he believed in, sharing: “So to you, wherever it is in your life you stand alone, be it a flag pole or a marriage, a place of work or a seemingly impossible situation, I believe my son would like to remind you God can do big things with your standing alone. Perhaps, for now, you are praying until someone else shows up or takes notice. God sees, he knows, and he can do big things.”