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God's Deliverance Loneliness Desperation

Source: Pacific castaways’ ‘HELP’ sign sparks US rescue mission – and an unexpected family reunion By Brad Lendon, CNN, Thu April 11, 2024

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2024-04-12

Scripture: 1 Peter 3:12 ; Psalms 40:13

Author: Illustration Exchange


(CNN) A US Navy and Coast Guard operation on Tuesday rescued three mariners stranded on a tiny Pacific Ocean islet for more than a week after the trio spelled out “HELP” using palm fronds laid on a white-sand beach.

The men were on a fishing trip in the remote area when rough swells resulted in engine damage, ultimately beaching them on the island. Matters went from bad to worse when their radio batteries died before they could put out a mayday.

They'd apparently watched enough TV or movies to know their next best move was to use palm branches to spell out the word "HELP" on the sandy shore. They had no idea if anyone would ever see their desperate plea. But they hoped and waited.

For the next week, they survived on coconut meat and water from an old well they found on the tiny island — just 31 acres of land in the middle of the massive Pacific ocean.

They must have felt like the dust particle Horton the Elephant carried about on a flower in the famed Dr. Seuss classic, Horton Hears A Who. And just like those little Whos on that tiny speck of dust, the palm frond letters were their way of screaming out, "We're here! We're here!"


Do you ever feel adrift? Invisible? Alone on a tiny island amid a vast sea of trial, or despair, or confusion? Not sure anyone, anywhere will notice?

Cry out to Jesus! Spell out your need for help. Scream out, "I'm here! Help me!"

Crying out to God is not a crap shoot. There is no where He cannot see you ... find you ... rescue you.

"Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love ... " (Psalms 33:18, ESV).

"For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer" (1 Peter 3:12, ESV).

"And call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me” (Psalm 50:15, ESV).

"Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me! O Lord, make haste to help me!" (Psalm 40:13, ESV).




Stand Down

Desperation God's Deliverance Submission

Source: "2 officers, 1 first responder killed responding to domestic violence call in Minnesota; shooter also dead" By Doha Madani and Rebecca Cohen, published NBC News 2/18/24

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Contributed By: Kikeh Anthony | Date Posted: 2024-02-28

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:19 ; James 4:7

Author: Kikeh Anthony


Two police officers and a first responder were killed in Burnsville, Minnesota, responding to “a call of a family in danger” Sunday morning, according Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz. 

The two officers and a pardemic firefighter were killed during a domestic disturbance call. The shooter had barricaded himself inside his home with 7 children and his wife therein. During the standoff and attempted negotiations, the man opened fire, killing the 3 first responders before being hit by other officers who had arrived on the scence. The children and wife were safely escorted out after the man was found deceased at 8:00am. 

The officers and firefifghters were there to respond to a man clearly in crisis, perhaps assailed by his own pain, his own frustration, his own despair, his own internal turmoil, and perhaps the turmoil within his own home and life. Whatever was happening in his life, whatever was occruing or contributing to such a deadly response, the fatal blow to both himself and the responders was actually dealt the moment he refused to respond to the efforts of those who were ulitimately there to spare him, to save him, the woman, and the children.

Sure, he would have faced consequences. But maybe the family would have forgiven him, refusing to press charges. Maybe the state would have been understanding and lenient.

If only he had stood down, his life, and the lives of the others, could have been spared.


In our own times of trouble, of crisis, of despair, the Lord comes to us as a type of first responder. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit  ... the Godhead comes to us ready to minister in any way necessary. Ready to talk us off our ledges. Ready to minister peace. Ready to save.

Stand down, believer!  

The situation may be dire. You may be as desperate as you have ever been. It may be difficult to simply receive the help. But stand down!

Stand down and receive the witness of the Heavenly Responders: Faither, Son, and Holy Spirit. They work in coordination and complete harmony with one another. Theirs is the only response that will spare your life, and eternally set you on the course toward repair.

Stand down, believer! They are not there to put you down but to pull you through. 

"Do not quench the Spirit" I Thessalonians 5:19, ESV).

"Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you" (James 4:7).

"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble" (Psalm 46:1, BSB).

Drowning In Sin

Sin Evangelism Desperation

Source: "Do You Know What Drowning Looks Like?" Published in MEDICAL NEWS TODAY, 28 Jun 2013, originally published 10 Aug 2010

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Contributed By: Darren Chester | Date Posted: 2013-08-15

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 9:22

Author: Darren Chester


I recently viewed a videotape used to train lifeguards on how to recognize when someone is drowning. We often think that a person who is drowning will thrash about in the water and yell, “HELP! HELP! I'm drowning!” In reality, they become almost paralyzed by fear and incapable of calling for help.

The video illustrated how this works. It showed a young girl of about ten sitting on an inner tube float in the deep end of a wave pool, surrounded by children and a few adults. When the girl adjusted herself on the tube, she fell off and slipped to the bottom of the pool where the water was right at the top of her head.

There was no thrashing about and she couldn't yell for help. Instead, subtly, her hands came just above the surface as if she were reaching for something. Thankfully, a lifeguard spotted her and within a few seconds had a flotation device under her. The most remarkable thing was that the people around her were oblivious to the fact that she was drowning!

Note: for more detailed information on how to recognize drowning, visit the article in the link to source above.


Are you oblivious to the fact that there are people all around you who are drowning in their sin? They may not be trashing about or yelling for your help, but these desperate people are quietly calling out. As Christians, we must learn to recognize the signs of someone struggling, paralyzed and overwhelmed by the power of sin.

Don't be oblivious to the drowning soul right next to you!

"To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some" (1 Corinthians 9:22).

Rick Warren's Son Takes Own Life

Desperation Depression Death

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-04-08

Scripture: Psalms 42:5 ; Psalms 43:2

Author: Illustration Exchange

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Designer's "Hug Me" Jacket Leaves You Out In The Cold

Desperation Loneliness God's Love

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-04-06

Scripture: Isaiah 61:2

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Hangin' From A Telephone Pole

Prayer Desperation Humor

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-10-26

Scripture: Psalms 34:17

Author: Dr. Rich Dorst

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To Save A Drowning Dane

Evangelism Compassion Desperation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-09-29

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 9:22

Author: Associated Press

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Wiggling Fingers

Seeker Desperation God's Accessibility

Contributed By: Nathan Shockley | Date Posted: 2011-12-12

Scripture: Eph 3:12

Author: Darla J. Shockley

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You Never Know What Will Lead You Home

Desperation God's Faithfulness Guidance

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-05-14

Scripture: Psalms 27:14

Author: Illustration Exchange

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The Cure For Depression

Depression Desperation Discouragement

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-03-26

Scripture: Psalms 42:5

Author: Editor's, Nelson's Annual

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