(submitted by Matt Townsend)
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,
Satan 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."
Thus giving the man the impression that the task was
impossible and that he was a failure. These thoughts
discouraged and disheartened the man.
"Why kill 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 failing?"
The Lord responded compassionately, "My son, 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 calloused 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
and to exercise your faith and trust in My wisdom. This
you have done. Now, my friend, I 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 react the way you think they should,
When your money looks funny and the bills are due, just
When people just don't understand you, P.U.S.H.!
You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be
too late. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
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