Quicksand-You Don't Have to Remain Stuck!

9:07:00 AM

Are you stuck in the middle of your life? Do you feel as though you are not progressing forward nor reverting backwards? No Life? No Movement?  I think the worse feeling in the world is being Stuck.  It feels lifeless, no energy, no joy, no sadness, no flavor, now zing or zest. It is just a bland or bla feeling. Guess what? It sucks!

Yesterday morning, the word quicksand came to my mind. I equate being stuck to quicksand.  I copied and pasted from Wikipedia the meaning of quicksand. Click on the link below for more information.  

As I read the Wikipedia version, I discovered that quicksand seems to be a solid form or has the presence of a solid foundation but actuality it is not. It is a really thick liquid like substance much like a milkshake.  Quicksand fools the person into thinking it is stable and can sustain a measurable amount of weight. The reason for this it usually has a form of debris surrounding it. It makes you think it is solid enough to walk. Most people who fall into quicksand don't know the ground is mushy like a milkshake until they actual start to sink into the quicksand. The more they try to maneuver the more they sink.  The flap their arms the deeper they go. The funny thing about quicksand I learned is quicksand itself won't kill you.  Quicksand will allow you to become stuck so now you are exposed to the elements. People are more likely to die from dehydration, solar radiation, or possible tides while being stuck in quicksand.  (Yes I am taking this somewhere)

Life can be a lot like quicksand. Everything can appear solid in our foundation but somewhere water has crept into lives and mixed with the sand causing it to liquefy.  Water can represent the sins, doubt, fear, & etc... We let creep into our mind.  Sands represent something we are unsure of or false sense of security like unhealthy self-esteem or false view on reality (having a distorted view of one).  Somewhere along our path these elements have mixed together and created a pit of quicksand and it causes us to become stuck. The quicksand of life can happen anywhere or at anytime. We hear all the time about people snapping and shooting up an entire office building or someone having a mental breakdown and having to be hospitalized. A lot time people are shocked at the actions of these people.

They say, “They are highly functioning." or” I would have never suspected him to do those things."   

No one ever dream of doing these horrible things sometimes it just happens.  Somewhere along the way the people fell into quicksand.  Somewhere in life everything was solid then they stepped into quicksand and began to sink deeper and deeper into it.  They had been quicksand too long & became exposed to the elements. The elements can be depression, anxiety, worry, guilt, shame, abuse, low self esteem, low worth & many more.  One can dig them deeper and further it they don't become unstuck.

I am writing this because I have been caught up in the quicksand of life. I have been exposed to the elements as well. I too had the false security that everything was going right with me. I knew the word of God and I could handle all God could throw at me until the days, weeks, months, years broke loose in my life.  It started with losing a job I loved, to losing friends, having a car wreck, to flunking out of school, betraying friends, being depressed & suicidal, to being angry at God! For a year and half I was stuck in quicksand.  My mind was stuck my heart was stuck. I saw no way out until one day I cried out to Almighty Jesus for help. I said boldly to the Lord

                                                            "If you are real in my life, prove it" 

This was the day I had the knife to my wrist ready to end it all. I was ready to die. The grace of God is so awesome and amazing.  The very moment I cried out that to Jesus, he was touching my daddy's heart to call me. My dad called me and said "baby I was in class and felt led to call you is everything alright" I just cried and put the knife down and the spirit of suicide left me.  It was at that moment I began to be unstuck. I had to face many more obstacles to get out the quicksand.  It was slow process but through the years since that time, God has helped me renew my mind about myself and him.

With that being said, there is a way out of Quicksand! The way to escape is to wiggle your legs or if someone with you, ask them for help.  The latter always amazes me.  I don't get how when people are in trouble and need help and thy say "I don't want to be a burden on anyone" Crazy, you are sinking, drowning, and you need help! I digress on that one. Anyway back to regular schedule broadcast.  Where was I, OH!  There is a way out of quicksand!  Just like it is a way out physical quick sand, there is a way out of the quicksand of life.  In I Corinthians 13: 8

New International Version (NIV)
13 No temptation[a] has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted[b] beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, [c] he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

God will always provide us a way out.  There is nothing new under the sun. Believe me, whatever you are dealing with or going through, there is someone who has been through a similar thing and can help you.  I am a firm believer, If God can do it for me, and he can do it for you and vice versa. 

                                                      THERE IS ALWAYS A WAY OUT!

There is always a way out, a plan b, a do over, re-match, & etc... As long as we have breath in our bodies, it is always another opportunity to become unstuck.  Whether we have group therapy, seek professional help or have a good cry with friends, it is always a way to get out.  One of the ways I got out the quicksand was to read. I read books by TJ Jakes, Creflo Dollar, Tom Joyner & many more.  I prayed a lot. I got around positive people.  I cried and release some hurt feelings. My most therapeutic things to do were to write & create stories. As I  began to write, I began to shed dead skin, old wounds, and scars.  I began to be opening up to healing and restoration.  We always talk about God heals us but I don't always hear about the restoration part. Well God restored me just like an antique car. I have been restored to my former glory and then some. Now a whole new set of eyes and people get to appreciate my value and my worth.  God can restore you!

I don't care about why you are stuck in quicksand; I am just offering you an open hand to get unstuck. I am introducing to you the one person who helped me. That is Jesus!  By his grace and his mercy, he sent others to help me to get unstuck.  I encourage you today to ask God to show you his way of escape for you. Ask him how I get out of this pickle and also ask him how I got in this mess so I won't return again.  If you don't get anything else from this blog remember the title.  Quicksand-You don’t have to Remain Stuck!

Be encouraged, Be extraordinary

Jay. L Harris

Information used by Wikipedia
Quicksand is a non-Newtonian fluid: when undisturbed, it often appears to be solid ("gel" form), but a minor (less than 1%) change in the stress on the quicksand will cause a sudden decrease in its viscosity ("sol" form). After an initial disturbance — such as a person attempting to walk on it — the water and sand in the quicksand separate and dense regions of sand sediment form; it is because of the formation of these high volume fraction regions that the viscosity of the quicksand seems to increase suddenly. Someone stepping on it will start to sink. To move within the quicksand, a person or object must apply sufficient pressure on the compacted sand to re-introduce enough water to liquefy it. The forces required to do this are quite large: to remove a foot from quicksand at a speed of .01 m/s would require the same amount of force as "that needed to lift a medium-sized car."[1]
Because of the higher density of the quicksand, it would be impossible for a human or animal to completely sink in the quicksand, though natural hazards present around the quicksand would lead people to believe that quicksand is dangerous. In actuality the quicksand is harmless on its own, but because it greatly impedes human locomotion, the quicksand would allow harsher elements like solar radiation, dehydration, or tides to harm a trapped person.[2] The way to escape is to wriggle the legs.[3]

Read more about quicksand check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quicksand

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