“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.” (John 14:1)
Sometimes life gets so overwhelming that we feel as though we are caught in quicksand. The problem with quicksand is that when someone gets stuck in it, they usually resort to what comes naturally to them. They thrash and flail their arms as they try to climb out. Unfortunately, this just makes things worse. Since quicksand is a combination of sand mixed with water, it doesn’t have the friction of sand on sand. Without this friction, a person has nothing to push against to extract themself. They just sink down even deeper.
To get free from quicksand, you must shun the natural response and do what seems unnatural. You must fight your inclinations and simply relax. Relaxing will slow down the sinking and allow you to paddle gently, just like treading water. It will give you time to either have someone pull you out or to slowly paddle to more solid ground.
Life can often feel like quicksand. We get sucked into the drama, pain and loss that life brings our way. And while our natural inclination is to fight our way out by leveraging all our strength, doing so will usually only cause us to sink further. God’s ways are higher than our ways. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts.
Dear Jesus, in times of struggle, help us let go of our own solutions and trust Your solutions. Help us to abide in You and in Your word. Amen.