The Rock

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No, I’m not talking about my right bicep (the left one is pretty impressive, too).

A man had a weird dream.  He woke up one morning, walked to the front door, and found a ginormous rock sitting there.  God told him to push on the rock.  So he pushed with all his might.  He pushed and pushed but it just wouldn’t budge.

“Lord, I can’t move the thing.  It’s too heavy!”

But he was told to keep pushing.  So he pushed for the rest of that day and finally went to bed exhausted.  He resumed his work in the morning and found the same fruitless results.  No movement whatsover.  He issued his complaint to God, but was told to continue pushing.  So he pushed for another day.  Days became weeks, weeks became months.  Finally, he had his fill.

“Lord, I can’t do it!  I can’t move that rock!”

He was told to go to a mirror.  He did so and was shocked at the sight.  In the many months of pushing and straining, he had built up so much muscle.  His shoulders, arms, legs were all so much stronger.  It was then that he realized God never told him to move the rock.  He was only told to push the rock.

II Corinthians 4:17 says, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”

Try to look at your obstacles as opportunities.  The things that seem to be standing in your way are simply opportunities for you to learn and grow.  You only build muscle through resistance.  So it is in our spiritual lives.  We need a certain amount of resistance to strengthen us, to build our faith.  Remember, II Cor. 4:17 says our “light affliction … worketh for us …”.

So who cares if the rock doesn’t move?  Yeah, it’s just sitting there, but if you keep pushing, it’s working for you!


7 comments so far

  1. Renae on

    Thanks for the reminder! God know what we can handle and He won’t hesitate to tell us to do something we think is to big…
    I need to remember that only through God can I overcome obstacles 🙂

  2. Becka on

    Wow, that was very encouraging. Thanks!

  3. Robby on


  4. janet2000 on

    So many people at my church (Saddleback) are hurting. There’s so much uncertainty with the economy. I’ll be email-ing a link to this to a lot of people.

  5. Pokey on

    *smile* thank you! l&p

  6. lonestarpreacher on

    excellent illustration

  7. jenmarie on

    So true!

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