By Katelyn S. Bolds, Staff Member
“I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold. I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me.”
Psalm 69:2 (NIV)
My boot was stuck in the silty clay that lined the edge of the deep pond. The cold water lapped at the side of my almost-knee high black muck boots. When I struggled, the water threatened to flood the inside. There was nothing around to grab hold of. The more I struggled and flailed, the deeper I sank until water breached the boot and I felt the flood rush in. Ugh. Slimy and awful. But don’t worry, I didn’t die from getting wet. It just taught me an important lesson.
Whenever I think of sinking, I think of that moment of panic-induced insanity that caused me to flail and kick, when I really just needed to lightly pull my foot out of the mud. Whether sinking in quick-sand, mud muck, or real life, the answer is never to panic and struggle towards the easiest way out. When you find yourself stuck, cornered, afraid for what’s next, lashing out can be the worst thing to do. Stay calm, take some deep breaths, and pray.
This passage in Psalm 69 is a supplication to the Lord to see the plight of David and save him from his troubles. David knew that struggling by himself would not save him, but wisdom from the Lord could. Take time today to breathe and ponder the areas in your life where you may be flailing–and failing to see the support that God has given you.
Prayer: Lord, please help me to recognize when I am thinking with fear and not with Your wisdom. Thank you for always being there when I need you, only a prayer away. Amen.