Our Wednesday night dinners followed by Bible study have been a huge blessing this past year or so in many ways. Not only does it give working families a chance to not have to rush home from work, get a quick meal on the table and then rush out for church, but the fellowship has really helped folks get to know others, all ages who don’t always get to see or speak to each other on Sunday mornings.
There are a few older couples who have found the dinners to be a great time too, who didn’t used to come for the dinner, but would for the study and I think they’ve been finding the same sense of family growth too.
Some of the older couples have become like parents/grand parents to me and American boy, and while often we find ourselves sitting with folks our own age, or my bosses, lately we’ve been having dinner with our older friends. From the prayer request I made about a month ago, I know a lot of them have been praying that somehow God will help with our housing situation, and they ask for any updates during dinner and remind me that He has His own ways and timing.
Last week, one of the ladies gave me a story someone had given her, meant to be read, then shared as an encouragement, so I am sharing it here, hoping that someone who may need the message too, will read it and pass it along. No matter what situation you’re going through, or even if things are going well right now, it’s worth reading and sharing, even if you may have read it before….
It’s called PUSH
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 un moving 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 decided to enter the picture by placing thoughts into the weary mind (he will do this every time!)
“You’ve 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.
Satan said, “Why kill yourself over this? Just put in your time giving 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 first. “Lord,” he began, “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’ve 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 have come to Me with your strength spent, thinking 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 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 have not 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 we hear a word from God and tend to use our own intellect to figure out what He wants. When in actuality, He wants only obedience, faith and trust in Him. Yes, we’re told that faith moves mountains, but remember it’s still God who moves them.
When everything goes wrong, or when your mountain refuses to move, give it another PUSH
Remember one of those slap me in the head moments I had a few weeks ago, about Proverbs 3:5,6? The same verse hits me when I think of why God has me pushing my rock. I need to quit leaning on my own understanding- because frankly, I don’t understand. But He does.
I am, and hope others will be reminded through this story that God is in control and has His own purposes and ways to help us grow in our trust, especially when those rocks refuse to move.
Have a safe and Blessed Monday and week y’all!