Posted by: Judy | April 22, 2012


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 sunup to sundown, 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.

Since the man was showing discouragement, the Adversary (Satan) decided to enter the picture by placing thoughts into the man’s weary mind. (He will do it every time!)

“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.

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 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 shiny 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 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 do as 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.

P = Pray
U = Until
S = Something
H = Happens



  1. One of my favorites. God’s task are not because He needs them done but because I need to do them. 🙂

    • I love how you encapsulated the whole idea in one awesome sentence!

      • Thanks.

    • Such a wonderful thought… Thanks a lot Ruth

  2. Judy I think your story has some much to say.. It brilliantly reinforces faith.. Thanks a lot for the wonderful post…

    • You’re welcome.

  3. I think it is a function of how my mother treated me, but I have trouble with stories like these. I always think: “Would it have killed God to have told this poor guy WHY he was asking him to push?” I guess that is why I always try to explain to my son the reasoning behind the things I ask of him — he buys into it much more quickly than if it is “because I say so.”

    But I guess it is because I don’t trust authority figures much, especially ones asking for blind faith. Maybe that’s why I lost mine.

    • Thanks for being this up! I think I want to use a whole post to address it, but let me say now: bless you for explaining to your son! I think this is hugely important! How does a child learn to reason, if no one explains anything? I’m not one for blind faith either.

  4. I think this was a great example of how, even when we think nothing is happening, something is still happening. Sometimes we forget that part.

    • Yes! And it’s difficult to be patient when nothing appears to be happening. Oh. Another lesson: Patience. “God give me patience, and I want it right now!” 🙂

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