P.U.S.H - PRAY UNTIL SOMETHING HAPPENS
One night, St. Paul was sleeping in his cabin when suddenly his room was filled with light and Jesus appeared.
Jesus told Paul, He had work for him to do. He then showed him a large rock in front of his cabin. Jesus explained to the man that he must push against the rock with all his might.
Paul did what Jesus said, day after day. For many years he toiled from sun up to sun down. He used his shoulders and set them squarely against the cold, massive surface of the unmoving rock, pushing it with all his might. Each night Paul returned to his cabin, exhausted, feeling that his whole day had been spent in vain.
Since Paul was showing signs of giving up, Satan decided to enter the picture.
"You have been pushing against that rock for a long, long, long, time, and it hasn't budged. Why kill yourself over this? You can never move it," You know what, "Just save your time, give just a small push, that will be good enough."
Satan had certainly shown Paul that it was useless to do anything and to work so hard as he had nothing to gain. At least, Paul said to himself, listening to Satan, he would try one time a day. The task was impossible anyway. He felt he was already a big failure. These thoughts further discouraged and disheartened him.
He decided to follow Satan but he did not feel good about himself. He then decided to take his troubled thoughts to Jesus. He said, “Jesus, 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?"
Jesus 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 your strength. And you have done just what I asked you to do. Never once did I mention to you that I expected you to move the rock. Your task was to push." "Now you come to me with your strength spent, thinking that you have failed. But is that really so?
Look at yourself. Your arms, back and your hands are strong and muscled, and your legs have become strong. Through your work, 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 push and to exercise your faith in my wisdom. This you have done. My friend, I will now move the rock."
ShungTakians, the theme of this month is taking responsibility. At times, when we hear a word from God, we tend to use our own way of thinking to understand what He wants. When actually what God wants is just obedience, doing our job responsibly and being faithful in Him….
Of course, you should go on and exercise the faith that moves mountains, but know that it is still God who is the One who moves the mountains.
When everything seems to go wrong … just Push! When study gets you down … just Push! When people don't react the way you think they should … just P.U.S.H.! P.U.S.H – means: Pray Until Something Happens.
Mr. Y. W. Kwan
1 June 2019