just push.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Most days this is hard to remember.. and for the past couple of weeks this thought has been nonexistent to me. But you know what, it's true. And so what if I have to print this out and hang it in my cubicle, on my fridge, in my car.... I think that's it's very important to be reminded of this and to believe it. Which, let's face it, is usually the hard part. But when I think about all of the obstacles we have been faced with in life so far, and how we have overcome them, and where we are now... I know that this is true. And even if in that moment something seems impossible and that it will never be amazing, it will. It just will.

"Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
-alice in wonderland

This email was sent to me in October of 2010... and it's still in my inbox. I go back and read it all the time. (This coming from a person who normally doesn't even open chain emails.) So I'm posting it here in hopes that it will help you to remember as it has for me.

A man was sleeping at 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 sun up to sun down, his shoulders set squarely against
the cold, massive surface of the unmoving rock, pushing with
all of 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 i t 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 it. .........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 sinewy and brown; your hands are callused 
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 I, my friend, 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 P.U.S.H.!
When the job gets you down ... just P.U.S.H.!
When people don't react the way you think they should.
Just P.U.S.H!
When your money is "gone" and the bills are due just P.U.S.H!
When people just don't understand you .. just P.U.S.H.

P= Pray
U= Until
S= Something
H= Happens



Bri said...

I love everything about this post. I hope you don't mind, but I printed out the picture to hang in my cubicle as well.

abby said...

I haven't commented here in a long time (maybe ever?), but this is exactly what I needed to read today. Thank you for the inspiration. I hope your day is amazing :)

leah @maritalbless said...

Oh Chelsea, I so needed to read this today. Yesterday, was amazing and beautiful. Today, I found out that while out of the office yesterday that I missed a company wide email that 125 employees will be let go by the end of next week. I'm not hopeful that I'll remain here. I am hopeful that God's will will be done in our lives. Thank you for the reminder. The image is now the wallpaper of my phone, I replaced Isaac's photo if you can believe it. :)

Chelsea said...

I am so glad that this meant as much to you wonderful ladies as it did to me.

Leah- you are in my prayers!! I know that everything will work out the way that it is meant to for you.