Jonah led us in a new tune, a contemporary arrangement to the great old hymn of the faith this morning. “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness”. And when we got to the chorus –
“On Christ the Solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand”
My mind went to the Krosmeri River in Papua New Guinea. We had been down river visiting Greg and Laura Melendes. A group of fellows visiting from Australia had joined us so Jack had rigged both dug-out log canoes for us to travel in. On the way back upriver one of the canoes hit an underwater log and only by Jack’s quick action of jumping in the river and working his way back to the motor did we avoid real tragedy.
Two of the folks could not swim but were wearing life jackets and we were able to get them to a sand bar. Crocodiles were my first concern until we reached the ‘safety’ of the sandbar. It was my first experience in quicksand. And I can tell you honestly, I never want to be there again. No, it is nothing like Hollywood depicts it. It is somewhere between despair and panic.
The fact that I’m here writing this tells you that it was a survivable experience. But it is one I will never forget!
But that great old song has meant more to me because of that experience. I wonder if old Pastor Edward Mote had an experience with quicksand in West Sussex, England that gave him inspiration for that wonderful hymn?