PUSHING AGAINST THE ROCK
There was a man who was asleep
one night in his cabin when suddenly his room was filled with
light and the Savior appeared. The Lord told the man he had a 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
placing thoughts into the manís mind such as: "You having
been pushing against that rock for a long time and it hasnít
budged. why kill yourself over this? You are never going to move
it. etc." Thus, giving the man the impression that the task
was impossible and that he was a failure. These thoughts
discouraged and disheartened the man even more. "Why kill
myself over this?" he thought. "Iíll just put in my
time, giving just the minimum of effort and that will be good
enough." And that he planned to do until one day he decided
to make it a matter of prayer and take his troubled thoughts to
"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 budged that rock a half a millimeter. What is
wrong? Why am I failing?" To this the Lord responded
compassionately, "My friend, when long ago 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
"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, your strength spent, thinking that you have failed. But, is
that really so? Look at yourself. Your arms are strong and
muscled, your back sinewed and brown, your hands 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 havenít 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."
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