Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written by: Teresa Criswell
(Photograph: Associated Press)
"You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them and listen to their cry,"
~ Psalm 10:17 ~
I came across this unforgettable photograph from Yahoo News! The woman in the photograph was walking and shouting the name of a loved one who has been missing since March 11th. The road she walked on was surrounded by debris and hopelessness by the tsunami torn area.
Reading the words that described the photograph on the news page, gripped my heart and moved me to gut flowing tears. This woman's shouts had to believe that her loved one was still alive. The human spirit, especially amongst the beautiful asian people is unbelievably valiant. This asian woman dared to believe that she would hear her loved one answer back in the midst of the rubble to confirm her hopes and silence her fears. Sadly, the photograph said it all...there would be no survivors found.
Saddened by this heart wrenching photograph, it became painfully real that this was one 'still' frame of real life out of many. I looked at the photograph and began to scroll to the next frame when I refrained from clicking 'next'. I was reminded that this was not about being sympathetic and moving on; this was truly about being moved to do something...being moved to pray for God to reveal His glorious face and mighty hands. I am convicted to pray by faith in God that His peace ministers to the beautiful people of Japan as He hears their cries.
I can no longer allow a photograph to move me for a moment and then casually 'click' to the next frame.
There are many in the world around us who are walking along the ruins of life.
They are crying out with untamed hope .
Their ears desperate to hear the faint shouts coming forth from the mangled rubble of sins destruction.
Do I hear the voices?
The Rescuer, Jesus Christ, is willing and able...
however, will I shout for them in prayer?
Will I assist among the ruins?