AN AMAZING FACT: Not all types of quicksand are created equal. Most quicksand is slow and relatively easy to escape from. But if a fast-flowing water source lies beneath it, the quicksand is called “super-quick.” It can appear as solid as concrete, but a human being who steps on it will sink instantly. If you’re hiking in an area known for quicksand, it’s a good idea to carry a pole as an escape tool.
The scary thing about quicksand is that you can never see below the surface. You don’t know how deep it goes or how fast you might sink into it. Farm animals, humans, and machinery have been engulfed by quicksand. According to historical records, in 1875 a train that derailed from a bridge in Colorado sank so deep in quicksand that it was never found.
The Bible mentions several instances when someone or something was sinking. When David was sinking into the “deep mire” of trials and discouragement, he called to God for help. When Peter was sinking in the waves of the sea, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” When their boat was sinking, the disciples turned to Jesus for help. They obviously looked to the right Deliverer, because He rescued them all.
If you find yourself sinking in the spiritual quicksand of sin, trouble, or discouragement, no matter how deep, God is waiting to lift you up. Don’t sink—take His outstretched hand!
KEY BIBLE TEXTS
I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me. Psalms 69:2But as for me, my prayer is unto thee, O LORD, in an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation. Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters. Psalms 69:13-14