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    A small tale

    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 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 weary mind: "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 the rock.
    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 is sinewy and brown; your hands
    are well used 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, my friend, I 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 a
    simple obedience and faith in Him.By all means, exercise the faith that
    moves mountains, but know that it is still God who moves mountains. When
    everything seems to go wrong ... just PUSH. When the job gets you down ...
    just PUSH. When people don't react the way you think they should ... just
    PUSH. When your money is gone and the bills are due.. just PUSH. When
    people just don't understand you .. just PUSH. Pray Until Something Happens
    Pass this on to all the loved ones and friends who may need it ~ they may
    get it just in time. Truly,great friends are hard to find, difficult to
    leave,and impossible to forget.

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