The Rock / P.U.S.H.
A man was sleeping at night in his cabin when suddenly his room filled
with light and the Savior appeared. 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.
This the man did, day after day. For many years he toiled from sun up
to sun down, 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.
Seeing that the man was showing signs of discouragement, the devil
decided to enter the picture by placing thoughts into the man's weary
mind "You have been pushing against that rock for a long time, and it hasn't
budged. Why kill yourself over this? You are never going to move it."
This gave the man the impression that the task was impossible and that
he was a failure. These thoughts discouraged and disheartened the man. "Why
kill myself over this?" he thought. "I'll just put in my time, giving just
the minimum effort and that will be good enough." And that is what he planned
to do until one day he decided to make it a matter of prayer and 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 asked. Yet, after all this time, I have
not even budged that rock by half a millimeter. What is wrong? Why am I
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 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 sinewy
and brown, your hands are callused from constant pressure, and your legs have
become massive and hard. Through opposition you have grown much and your
abilities now surpass that which you used to have. Yet 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. This you have done. I, my friend, will now
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. You just
When everything seems to go wrong,... P.U.S.H.!
When the job gets you down,... P.U.S.H.!
When people don't react the way you think they should,... P.U.S.H.!
When your money is short and the bills are due,... P.U.S.H.!
When you want to curse them out for whatever the reason,... P.U.S.H.!
When people just don't understand you,... P.U.S.H.!
P.U.S.H. = Pray Until Something Happens!
[ Author Unknown -- from Pastor Harold Brown ]
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