Last night, we were watching the movie Journey 2. At one point they are in the lost city of Atlantis and one of the people noted that there was evidence of “liquefaction”…the city was going to sink. And fast!
According to Wikipedia, “Liquefaction is a special case of quicksand. In this case, sudden earthquake forces immediately increases the pore pressure of shallow groundwater. The saturated liquefied soil loses strength, causing buildings or other objects on that surface to sink or fall over.” Quicksand can happen in areas of marsh, flowing springs, or near shorelines. There is partial myth associated with quicksand that most of us are familiar with. I have seen countless movies where the bystanders frantically warn the unfortunate person stuck in the pit of quicksand to not struggle-or they will sink lower. In my research, I have found that while frantic movements will wear you out and hurt your cause; it is actually wise to slowly move your legs to allow for air and water to move between them, thereby causing the sand to loosen making it easier to break free. However, if the pool of quicksand happens to be near shoreline during rising tides, it is possible for the individual to drown.
Let me take you back to my the lighthouse where I live. (Click on the picture if you missed this blog.) A few years back, my hubby showed me some quicksand near the lighthouse. He had fallen in and wanted me to know about it. So, now, I know it’s there-It has been there for years. However, due to its close proximity to the ocean, I am fully aware that lingering near this pit puts me at increased risk- so I try to avoid it. Why do I think about it every April? Maybe it reminds me of that swim back to the lighthouse…where I struggled and struggled, gasping for air. It’s not something I want to remember, but I know it’s there and it always comes to mind. A few years ago, I foolishly fell in. I heeded the prescribed advice and slowly kicked my legs and was able to break free. Last year, I just ran around it and kept going. I had things to do and keeping busy was a good way to avoid it all together. This year…for some reason I find myself running circles around it. I want to stay busy- my “to do” list is in place and I have plenty to do…avoid it…keep going…try to stay busy…but I just keep looping back around. Even though I am not crossing over or falling in- disturbing the ground around this unstable area may cause more instability. Pit dwelling is not something I want to do. I am getting tired and if I do not move away, I just may fall in. I know that from time to time this pool of quicksand may come to mind, but I have to remember that while I can reflect and thank God that we are both out of that pit and it may evoke strong emotion; It’s probably not a good idea to visit.
I have to move to solid ground- I have got to find a rock to sit on and rest…and BE STILL .No more running in circles today.
Hey- The lighthouse is built on rock! Man, I am so glad that I already live there. Homeward I go.
From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.
In you, Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me; turn your ear to me and save me. Be my rock of refuge to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and fortress.
I wonder what happens if I pour a few bags of concrete in that hole? I think it’s time to find out.
On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand.
While looking down…I forgot to look up. There is an amazing brilliant, blue sky today and blessings abound!
390. he made a Lego scorpion all by himself- blessings of brain power
391. Snuggling an 87lb dog
393. Kids who help, listen and honor
394. a sleepy girl who goes back to bed
395. Easter- He is risen, indeed!
396. thoughts- freedoms are slowly being limited, but I still live in a place where I can wake up and approach my kitchen table with my Bible open.
397. red buds on the trees
398. sleepovers and whispering kids…struggling to hang on to every moment before sleep catches them
399. dyeing eggs- a lost tradition, FOUND!
400. home sweet home
401. …and my own bed
402. He thanks me for sharing my burdens