It is often said the Lord works in mysterious ways; bringing together people, events and circumstances according to His will in ways that we may never fully understand. Sometimes it is a major event that affects thousands of people, and other times it is a comforting word for one person in particular. For 12-year-old Hayden Roberts of Thomaston it was the latter.
Just over a week ago, Hayden made the decision to be saved, accepting Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. It was a joyous time for him and his family, yet in the midst of celebrating his decision, Hayden began to question many things. His mother, Jinger Roberts, stated his main concern was he wanted to make sure he would not go to Hell when he died. After a few days of questions, Hayden spoke and prayed with his pastor again about his decision.
“He told me that he had never known another kid like me who wanted to know so much and have such a good understanding,” said Hayden with a smile.
After his baptismal this past Sunday, December 9, Hayden and his family went home to get cleaned up for the 11 o’clock church service; it is then that he found the comfort he had been looking for. As they turned into their driveway, a pair of yellow balloons were floating in the ditch, still filled with helium. Upon closer inspection, it was noticed there was a Ziploc bag with a note attached to these balloons.
The note stated the balloons were from Kirbyville, Texas and had been let go by a children’s discipleship class at Junction Baptist Church as part of a revival service on Saturday, December 8. Also written on the note was the scripture John 3:16, which states, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”
“When I saw that verse I just lost it and started crying,” said Jinger, “because I knew it was a sign from God to let Hayden know everything is just fine.”
A quick search online showed the Roberts family that Kirbyville is a little over 700 miles from Thomaston, Georgia and the balloons traveled over four states in one night to make it to their house. Jinger stated it amazed her that they traveled so far and did not end up in a tree, and even more amazingly, the balloons were barely deflated when they found them.
“It was picture perfect when we saw them sitting there in the ditch,” she said. “I figure you can think deeply about this or you can take what you want from it, but for that to be the verse with the balloons out of all the other verses in the Bible, in my heart I just feel they were confirmation from God for Hayden.”
Hayden agreed that finding the balloons and scripture made him feel better and helped to ease his mind. He also thought it was pretty cool that they made it so far in such a short amount of time.
“I told him that this small thing could have landed anywhere and it may have touched someone, but it landed here and it touched you,” said Jinger, “and maybe sharing his story will touch someone else.”