A man was sleeping at night
in his cabin when suddenly
his room filled with light,
and God 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.
So, 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 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.

Since the man was showing discouragement,
the Adversary (Satan)
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."

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 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 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 sinewy and brown,
your hands are callused
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.
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.
Now 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 a 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,
just P.U.S.H.!
When your money looks "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

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