God's Instructions

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, 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 

"You have been pushing against that rock for a long time, and it 
hasn't moved." Thus, giving the man the impression that the task was 
impossible and that he was a failure. These thoughts discouraged and 
disheartened the man. "Why kill myself over this?" he thought. 
"I'll just put in my time, giving just the minimum effort; and that 
will be good enough."
And that is what he planned to do, until one day he decided to make it 
a matter of prayer and 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, 
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 
calloused 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. Yet you haven't moved the rock.
But, your calling was to be obedient and to exercise your faith and 
trust in My wisdom. This 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 todecipher 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 

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 

When your money looks gone and the bills are due  just P.U.S.H.! 
When people don't understand you  just P.U.S.H. ! 

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

Pass this on to your loved ones and friends who may need it. They 
may  get it just in time. 
May the Lord bless you in everything you do. 
Be tender to the young....Compassionate to the old....Tolerant with 
the  weak....For in your life, you will be all of these. 

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In Loving Memory Of Gilbert Luther Howington 1935-1999 and Gilbert (Bert) Luther Howington Jr. 1954-1993