A woman was sleeping at night in her cabin when suddenly her room filled with light and God appeared. The Lord told the woman He had work for her to do and showed her a large rock in front of her cabin.
The Lord explained that the woman was to push against the rock with all her might. So, this the woman did, day after day. For many years she toiled from sun up to sun down, her shoulders set squarely against the cold, massive surface of the unmoving rock, pushing with all of her might.
Each night the woman returned to her cabin sore and worn out, feeling that her whole day had been spent in vain.
Since the woman 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, he gave the woman the impression that the task was impossible and that she was a failure. These thoughts discouraged and disheartened the woman.
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 woman planned to do, but decided to make it a matter of prayer and to take her troubled thoughts to the Lord.
“Lord,” she 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. 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 trim 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.”
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 is “gone” and the bills are due… just P.U.S.H!
When people just don’t understand you… just P.U.S.H.