In July 2017, a picture of a little boy gained the attention of many people on Facebook. The image, which was taken inside a Walmart store, was shared almost 115,000 times.
The little boy got lost when he was with his mother shopping. When she finally found him after a few minutes, she wanted to scold him for disappearing.. until she realized what he’d been up to.
“I had to run into Walmart. I turned around to make sure my son was next to me.”
When the mother found her son, he was kneeling at one of the benches towards the front of the store. At first, she didn’t quite understand why he’s kneeling like that. Then she realized that her son was actually praying.. But why?
At that moment, she looked above her son’s head at the board hanging on the wall. “Every second counts,” the poster read. That’s when Mom realized what he’d been doing this whole time.
“Instead of finding him by my side I found him kneeling in front of the missing children board praying.”
As we can see, it’s a simple image but it has a powerful message, and readers with missing loved ones across the country instantly connected with the emotional moment captured in time. Another Facebook page called Bring Aubrey Home recognized a child in one of the photos hanging on the wall as Aubrey Jayce Carroll, a teenage boy from George who went missing in 2016.
According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, roughly 800,000 children are reported missing each year in the United States.
One Facebook commenter said it best: “Whether or not you believe in God really doesn’t matter. This was a child in Walmart who was thinking about others and doing the only thing he could to help. The world would be a better place if everyone followed his example.”