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June 21, 2014

You don't have to move the rock

Keeping The Faith column

Editor’s note: This column by the late Bev Davis originally was published Aug. 18, 2007. Davis passed away Aug. 1, 2010, of a sudden illness.

I love those acronyms that help us practice our faith. I have ASAP (Always Say a Prayer) posted by my computer.

This week, another one came to me with a copy of a column I had written last year.

I had shared the story about a man who had a dream and was told by the Lord to go out and push against a huge rock in his yard. The man had pushed with all his might, and the rock never budged. Day after day, he set about his task, straining every fiber of his mental and physical energy trying to move the rock.

After several weeks, he became discouraged and went to the Lord in prayer. “Lord, I don’t understand. I’ve done what You told me to do. Every day, I’ve gone out in the hot sun and the cold rain and pushed against that rock. It has not budged one millimeter! Do I not have enough faith? Have I failed You? Did I misunderstand what You asked me to do?”

“Yes,” the Lord said. “That last question hit the mark. I did not ask you to MOVE the rock. I just asked you to PUSH the rock. In obeying that, you have developed stronger muscles, more stamina and great endurance. You have learned diligence along with patience. Your faith was weak, only in that you thought you could move the rock. Only I can move the mountains in your life. As you obey Me, I give you strength to accomplish what you can humanly do. I take care of the part that goes beyond human constraints. Now, go back and continue to push the rock. In time, I will move it.”

A Post-It attached to the clipping read: “PRAY — Push Until Something Happens.” A note beneath it elaborated on the theme:

“When everything seems to go wrong, just PUSH. When the job gets you down, just PUSH. When people don’t do as 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. When you know you’ve heard God speak, but you don’t fully understand His message, just PUSH. And, remember, when trouble pushes you to your knees, you are in a perfect position to pray.”

It was a reminder I needed this week. For more than two years I have been waiting for something special to happen. I know it is in God’s will, but He has continued to give me one message — Wait!

Waiting is tough. I’m like the man pushing the rock. I’ve pushed with all my human might, but I’ve grown tired of waiting to see God move in a way only He can.

So, I’m going to stop whining and start PUSHing.

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