Are You Getting Tired of Pushing?

This is a repost, originally from an email a friend sent me a while back. I still love it!

A man was sleeping one night in his cabin when the presence of the Lord suddenly awakened him. The Lord told the man he had work for him to do, and showed him a large rock in front of his cabin. The Lord explained that the man was to push against the rock with all his might.

So this the man did day after day. For many years he toiled from sunup to sundown, his shoulders set squarely against the cold massive surface of the unmoving rock, pushing with all his might.

Each night the man returned to his cabin sore and worn out, feeling that his whole day had been spent in vain. Since the man was showing discouragement, the Adversary decided to enter the picture by placing thoughts into the weary mind.

“You have been pushing against that rock for a long time and it hasn’t moved,” whispered an oppressive voice. Thus, he gave the man the impression that the task was impossible and that he was a failure. These penetrating thoughts discouraged and disheartened the man.

The Adversary said, “Why kill yourself over this? Just put in your obligatory time, give just the minimum effort, and merely appease your Boss.” That’s what the weary man was tempted to do; surrender to calloused apathy. But he wisely took his lumbering thoughts to the Lord in prayer.

“Lord,” he said, “I have labored long and hard in your service, putting all my strength to do that which you have asked. Yet, after all this time, I have not even budged that rock. What is wrong? Why am I failing?”

The Lord responded compassionately:

“My friend, when I asked you to serve Me and you accepted, I told you that your task was to push against the rock with all of your strength, which you have done. Never once did I mention to you that I expected you to move it. Your task was to push. And now you come to Me with your strength spent, thinking that you have failed. But, is that really so? Look at yourself. Your arms are strong and muscled, your back shiny and brown; your hands are firm from constant pressure, your legs have become massive and hard. Through opposition you have grown much, and your abilities now surpass that which you used to have. True, you haven’t moved the rock. But your calling was to be obedient and to push and to exercise your faith and trust in My wisdom. That you have done. Now I, my friend, will move the rock.”

At times, when we hear a word from God, we tend to use our own intellect to decipher what He wants, when actually what God wants is just simple obedience and faith in Him.

By all means, exercise the faith that moves mountains, but know that it is still God Who moves the mountains.

When everything seems to go wrong……………………Just P.U.S.H.
When the job gets you down………………………………Just P.U.S.H.
When people don’t do as you think they should……….Just P.U.S.H.
When your money is “gone” and the bills are due……..Just P.U.S.H.
When people just don’t understand you …………………Just P.U.S.H.

P = Pray
U = Until
S = Something
H = Happens