July 12, 1989

One night, a man was sleeping in his cabin when suddenly his room was filled with the light and the Creator appeared.

The Creator told the man he had work for him to do, and showed him a large rock in front of his cabin. The Creator explained that the man was to push against the rock with all his might.

The man did the same, 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 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 signs of discouragement, the Adversary decided to enter the picture by placing thoughts into the man’s weary mind:

“You have been pushing against that rock for a long time, and it hasn’t budged. Why kill yourself over this? You can never move it,” 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 Creator. “Creator,” 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 Creator 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, which you have done. Never once did I mention to you that I expected you to move it. 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 are strong and muscled, your back is sinewy and brown, your hands are callused from constant pressure, and 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 push and to exercise your faith in My wisdom. This you have done. I, my friend, will now move the rock.” At times, when we hear a word from the Creator, we tend to use our own intellect to decipher what He wants, when actually what the Creator wants is just obedience and faith in Him…. By all means, exercise the faith that moves mountains, but know that it is still the Creator who moves the 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 looks gone and the bills are due … just P.U.S.H.! When people just don’t understand you…

Just PUSH! P.U.S.H – Pray Until Something Happens

Author Unknown - Please comment if you know the author so credit can be awarded.
  1. Will and Eko said:

    Fifteen years later and Dogbert was right! The paper is still good. (Although the recession did a number on housing for a while, value is SLOWLY creeping back)


  2. beverley said:

    Love the comic strip. Much prefer the word God to the Creator. Is God becoming a naughty word too? Good story.


  3. James said:

    The story was good until “push” became “P.U.S.H.” A good story tends to be downgraded by a “clever” acronym. Otherwise, it’s a point well taken.


  4. Excellent post, Kenny! Obedience is all our Creator is asking! Take care … 🙂


  5. sgf1964 said:

    Faith and Obedience and Prayer are inseperably linked. Good illustration!


  6. This has really inspired me this morning……thank you


  7. Worn to Won said:

    LOL as an ex Estate Agent I cant agree with houses prices always rising Dilbert. Live in the Victory!


    • Hey James, I look forward to your comments!!! They are always thought provoking!! Take Care and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T


  8. Great post! I liked the whole story and the acronym


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