Quicksand on the Track
This race I am in is a hard race...God never said that it was going to be easy. Sometimes there seems to be quicksand set before me on the track and every time I come to it I fail to see it and run right into it. It traps me there for a time as I struggle and struggle to get out, until at last I relax and become free to start running the race again.
Once again I find myself trapped in the quicksand and while in the midst of it I’m trying to relax, casting all my cares upon the Lord because I know He cares for me. It seems that this often happens when I try to speak up for others. It feels like the enemy is trying hard to make me give up or disqualify me from the race. I know that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, so I have to remember to keep on the full armor of God so that I can get back up; and having done all, to stand and continue running the race again.
My prayer today is, “Lord, help me to see the quicksand sooner and be able to run around it, jump over it, or avoid it all together. I don’t know why I keep ending up in it; it always seems to be the same hole. Please, help me get through it again. And then Lord, allow me to help other brothers or sisters not to fall into the same trap. Help us all to remember that it’s You we are to cast our cares upon and not man. All of us are sinners with human weaknesses, but with You Oh God, there is no partiality. Lord, help me not to move to the left or to the right even when the runners on the side of me keep trying to move me. Help me to persevere so that I may finish this race with joy! There is that great cloud of witnesses watching, so please Lord, let me lay aside every weight that is keeping me in this quicksand, and those sins that so easily ensnare me and help me run with endurance the race that is set before me. Help me to keep looking to You, the Prize, for You are the Author and finisher of my faith, amen!”
“After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. To Him be dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 5:10-11)