September 23, 2010, "Desperation revealing the great need for Hope"

Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written by: Teresa Criswell

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, know that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
~ Romans 5:1-5 ~

Two hands on the wheel, the windshield blurred with pouring rain as she drives with caution. Her mind divided; overwhelmed with thoughts of tomorrow, next month, next year. Questions annihilate her mind, "How could I have done a better job being a wife, mom, and friend?" Regrets perpetuate the sound of hopelessness. Suddenly, the interruption of being kicked from behind, jolts her to jump as the chaos of disunity permeates the car from the backseat, revealed by her children. Disharmony quickly fills the atmosphere.

Revealing great frustration, she shouts, "KIDS! JUST GET ALONG!" With great intention and force her right hand bends the rear view mirror down to her eye level as she can see their eyes staring back at hers. Simultaneously, a chorus of, "BUT Mom! SHE'S TOUCHING ME" comes back in unison from the back seat! She grits her teeth and in a controlled, sharp tone she says, "If there is not quietness in 3 seconds, I am pulling this car over to the next exit and each of you are getting a spanking, is that UNDERSTOOD?" Their eyes big with knowing the seriousness of mom's tone, they said at once, "Yes ma'am".

Instantly, the car filled with quietness as she was back to her thoughts of regrets; reminded yet again, "See, look at you, if others could see you right now, you would be exposed!" The overwhelming thoughts of disappointment and failure rush her at once, when suddenly she couldn't take it anymore, emotionally breaking down she pulled over to the next exit. She sobs as she had enough, "I can't do this anymore! I'm at my breaking point!" "God! Help me!" "Please! Help Me!"

I interrupt this fictional, yet scene that has overtaken many, reminded that those around us are filled with the desperate cries calling out to God.
I am reminded that I say I know the 'Hope of Glory', my Jesus; but am I revealing His glorious hope?
Am I revealing Him?
Am I so intoxicated by my own concerns of this life?

As I am reminded of my 'Hope of Glory', it provokes me to recall the Joy of my Salvation. I recall the day I saw Redemption not only coming near, but annihilating my life! O, how I must recall that glorious moment when The Hope of Glory became my personal Hope fulfilled!

There are so many who are driving in circles, getting nowhere fast! Attempting with great desperation to get out of the dead end road of life. Will I show them the Way? I am reminded that as I reveal the Way; The Truth and the Life, the Hope of Glory will lead them on the road of great joy no matter the circumstances that await them. The bumpy road of this life cannot be traveled alone. Our Jesus Who is the Way longs to be Who He is; their Answer. The Answer to their desperate cries of hopelessness.

Will I see them?
Will I become the answer revealing, The Answer?

Father God, thank you for the reminder of seeing others through your beautiful eyes of Love and Mercy. Lord, I have the Answer within me and with me. Thank You God for Your Spirit, the Holy Spirit that is within me, Who provides Strength and Comfort. My Teacher who guides me into Truth. Thank you for Your boldness that allows me to approach Your throne of Grace, and also allows me to approach with confidence others who are in need of You. Thank You for the Words to speak, the embrace to reveal a glimpse of Your beautiful, loving embrace. Father, You are awesome and majestic, Your Splendor is beyond description. I long to hear the cries of hopelessness so that they can receive with joy, YOU their Hope! You are beyond Lovely and Beautiful. I love You Lord, In Jesus Mighty, Majestic, Victorious and Triumphant Name. Amen!


  1. Hi Teresa,

    A powerful message that illuminates on a real issue for so many..."There are so many who are driving in circles, getting nowhere fast! Attempting with great desperation to get out of the dead end road of life."

    It's the question that drives us to ask, "Who shall set me free from the body of this death?" -- Jesus Christ our Lord!

    You're right, people are desperate for something that gives meaning to their life; people aren't satisfied to just go through the motions any longer.

    Husbands and wives spilt up in an attempt to find meaning in life, children run away from a disfunctional home in an effort to cope with life.

    Each of us called to faith in Christ must become a revelation of who Christ is, so that others will find love, grace, hope, forgiveness and salvation.

    Blessings and peace.



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