Have you ever thought you were doing the right thing only to begin doubting yourself? Have you ever known you were doing what God wanted you to do but were still not succeeding? What is going on here? Does God want us to fail? Is He playing a trick on us? Of course not!
Not too long ago, I came across a wonderful story with an incredible principle for success. It goes something like this. Once upon a time, a man was sleeping peacefully in his cabin when all of a sudden the room filled with a brilliant blazing light. When the mans eyes adjusted to the piercing light, he was shocked to see Jesus Christ standing in his room. The Lord said to the man, Friend, I have work for you to do. Out in front of your cabin you will find a large rock. You are to push against that rock with all your strength.
The next morning, the man awoke with more energy than he could ever remember having. Was it a dream he had of his visit with Jesus? Was it real? The man didnt know whether it was a dream, vision, or what, but he knew what he was supposed to do. He was to push against the large rock outside his cabin.
The man got dressed and immediately went outside. He thought to himself, Ill get this rock moved for the Lord before breakfast. The man pushed and pushed but the rock didnt budge. Sweat began to pour off the mans forehead into his eyes. Perspiration began to soak his shirt. Push after push, hour after hour, the man worked on his mission.
The days came and the days went and still the rock stood fast. One day, after many years of faithful pushing, the mans spirit began to get discouraged. What was he doing this for?
Sensing the mans discouragement and frustration, the Devil began placing evil thoughts into the mans mind. What are you doing? You are wasting your time. You have wasted your time for years. You are never going to move that rock.
Discouraged, the man planned to not work as hard. He would only push a little bit. He was going to put in his time and rest for a change. However, the man finally decided to make it a matter of prayer. He said, Father in Heaven. I dont understand. I have worked hard at what You want me to do. Why am I not succeeding? Please guide me Lord Jesus. In Jesus precious Name I pray Amen.
The Lord lovingly spoke to the man, My child. I love you! When I asked you to serve me and you agreed, I asked you to push against that large rock. I never told you that you were to move the rock. You have been faithful and pushed with all your strength. Friend, dont think your work was a waste of time. Look at yourself. You have grown through the struggle. The muscles in your arms are as strong as iron. Your back is like a fortress protecting a city. Your legs are like Redwood trees. You are better now than when you began. I will now move the rock.
Many times we expect to move the mountains of our lives. The Bible tells us that if we have faith as small as a mustard seed then we can say to our mountain MOVE! and it will MOVE! But it doesnt say we will move the mountain. God moves the mountains of our lives. All we have to do is believe and P.U.S.H. Pray Until Something Happens!