Pushing Against the Rock

mystical window

There was a

man who was asleep

one night in his cabin

when suddenly his room

filled with light and the

     Savior 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.

                                                                  The man did this, 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 man’s mind such as You have been pushing against that rock for a long time and it hasn’t budged. Why kill yourself over this? You are never going to move it. etc.,thus, giving the man the impressions 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. “I’ll 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 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 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 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, 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 are callused from constant pressure, and your legs have become massive and strong.”

Muscles not from Brussels

       “Through opposition you have grown 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. I, my friend, will now move the rock.”

Majestic Sunset On Golden Ponds

This beautiful story, written by Unknown,  pushes me to strengthen and deepen my faith and trust in God’s wisdom every time I read it. I would like to meet and extend a great big thanks to Unknown because when I start to live life getting frustrated, worried, irritated, or lonely, his words remind me to slow down, stop being an overachiever, and refocus my thoughts.     My life’s work is His, not mine. 
How do you get back on track with God’s life plan for you? Is it through a story, poem or maybe a song? Curious to know and hey, if you happen to find Unknown, please give thanks to one heck of a writer!  
Just pushing against my big ol’ rock,
Photo Credits: Flickr and Wikimedia Common
Inspiration: –My hero…the awesome Unknown writer !
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10 thoughts on “Pushing Against the Rock

  1. RVingGirl says:

    Another brilliantly inspiring message. Wow…..God is truly using you I believe.
    I am going to email this to my family.


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