When I was about 10 years old I was exploring the woods along the creek behind our 40 acre farm. I came upon a swampy area that had skunk cabbage growing in it and started tromping through it in my cool new black rubber barn boots. Suddenly I sank in over the tops of my boots and realized I was in quicksand! I stretched out my hands desperately looking for anything to grab on to. Then I was down to my hips. I realized what a desperate situation I was in and worked my feet out of my boots and grabbed on to a dead branch that lay nearby. I slowly worked my legs out of the sand. It took about 10 minutes before I was able to get free. Standing nearby the pit in my wet socks and jeans my heart beat rapidly as I realized I had barely escaped death.
I’ve thought about this close call many times since that day and have realized there are other ‘quicksands’ in life that are just as deceptive and just as deadly. Some of the characteristics I have noted are:
I gave my black rubber barn boots up in exchange for my life. So glad I did! What are you holding on to that could cost you your life?