During the past few months it seems that too many of our close friends have gone through or are going through some major difficulties. Transitions in life are always challenging; especially, when it comes to health related matters. During the past year a dear friend lost both her father and son. Three other close friends are being treated for breast cancer. Two relatives have had major surgery. The list goes on. The following anecdote reminds each of us that our character and faith can be shaped as we face adversity.
A man was sleeping one 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.
Finally the man began to allow discouragement to enter into his life. With discouragement the Adversary (Satan) decided to enter the picture by placing thoughts into his weary mind: “You have been pushing against that rock for a long time, and it hasn’t moved.” Thus, he gave the man the impression that the task was impossible and that he was a failure. These thoughts discouraged and disheartened the man as Satan said, “Why kill yourself over this? Just put in your time, giving just the minimum effort; and that will be good enough.”
That’s what the weary man planned to do, but decided to make it a matter of prayer and 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 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 the rock. 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. True, 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. That you have done. Now I, my friend, will move the rock.”
At times, when we hear a prompting of the Holy Spirit or read His Word, 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 there are challenges in your life… just P.U.S.H.! When people react in a negative way or have accused you of things that aren’t true… just P.U.S.H.! When you’re having financial difficulties and you are wondering how the bills will get paid…. 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
Maybe there is someone in your life who needs the comfort of these words. Why not send our weekly devotionals to them? “A friend loves at all times…” Proverbs 17:17 Who are the people who need your PUSH –prayers – right now? Let’s hold one another up in prayer.
Blessings! ~Dr. Jim Grassi