He was tired. He had done the day’s work. He was in his cabin. Now it is his time for rest. Sleep was embracing him when suddenly his room was filled with light, and God appeared. The Lord told the man he has a special work for him. He showed him a large rock in front of his cabin. The Lord told him his duty and explained that the man was to push against the rock with all his might. So, this the man did readily, day after day.
For many months he toiled from sun up to sun down. His shoulders set squarely against the cold, massive surface of the unmoving rock, pushing with all of his might. Each night the man returned to his cabin sore and worn out, feeling that his whole day had been spent in vain unable to move the rock.
Since the man was developing despair in him, Satan decided to enter the picture by inducing his weary mind.
“Friend, you have been pushing against that rock for a long time, and it has not moved.” Thus, he made him discouraged and depressed pointing out his failure. He gave the man the impression that the task was impossible and that he was a failure.
These thoughts discouraged and disheartened the man.
Satan said, “Why do you kill yourself over this? Just put in your time, reduce your working time, giving just the minimum effort; and that will be good enough.”
So that is what the weary man planned to do. But resorted to prayer and decided to make it a matter of prayer that will enable him to take his troubled thoughts to the Lord.
“Lord,” he said, “I have labored long and hard in your service, putting all my strength to do that which you have told me. Yet, after all this time, I have not even budged that rock by even by an inch.. What is wrong with my work? You are not blessing my work? Why am I failing?”
The Lord responded compassionately with great love, “My dear friend, when I asked you to serve me you accepted readily; I told you that your task was to push against the rock with all of your strength, which you have done. Perfectly. Do you remember, never once did I mention to you that I expected you to move it. Your task was just to push it. And now you have come to me with your strength spent, thinking that you have failed. But, what is the reality?”
“Now, look at yourself. Your arms and muscles are stronger than before, your back sinewy and brown; your hands are callused from constant pressure, your legs have become massive and hard. Your abilities now surpass that which you had already.”
“It is true that you have not moved the rock. But your calling was to be obedient and to push the rock and to exercise your faith and trust in my wisdom. That you have done perfectly. Now, my friend, I will move the rock for you.”
At times, when we hear a word from God in our heart, we tend to use our own intellect to decipher what God wants, when actually what He wants from us is just a simple obedience and faith in Him. By all means, we exercise the faith that moves even mountains, but we forget that it is still God who moves the mountains.
When everything seems to go wrong and puts you dejected... just P.U.S.H.!
When the job gets you down and makes you tired... just P.U.S.H.!
When people desert you and do not react the way you think they should.... just P.U.S.H!
When all your money is “gone” and the bills are due.... just P.U.S.H.!
When people just do not understand you... just P.U.S.H.!
How I love this piece.It is so true.And I love what P.U.S.H. stands for.Thank you so much for reminding us that we are only the tools and not the one who does the work.The final outcome belongs to Jesus.