Thursday, December 19, 2013

God is on Time-P.U.S.H.

God is on Time was written on February16-17, 2011.

The way I got the idea was very special and actually the very date I got the idea was on Christmas day in 2010. It had been a rough holiday season-well it'd been rough for quite a few months, but my holidays that year were like no other year before.

 I was actually working at an assisted living home and while I loved working with the people, the work was hard, stressful and very draining. Quite often you were doing the work of three people in just one 8 hour shift. It was difficult and I struggled almost every day to keep my attitude right and to be a light to the people around me.

They had a policy where if you worked one holiday-Thanksgiving or Christmas-you'd get the other one off...and you'd either work the day before or after but you'd at least get one day off around the holiday you worked.

So I worked Thanksgiving. Which was great as my family really wanted to spend Christmas day together. Then a week or two before Christmas 3 people up and quit...who does that? So our work load and days the rest of the employees had to work increased. I was also asked if I could work on Christmas day. At least out worked out that I was able to split my shift with a friend so I wouldn't have a full shift, but I was still disappointed.

I did the same thing I did every other day I worked and felt upset, down, depressed or whatever other emotions I was feeling. I prayed. I asked God to help me be a light to the people I was helping. To let me shine for him and asked if he could please just give me a special blessing that would brighten my day.

God always answers when you seek him. Every time I asked him to help me through a day he would give me a bible verse or a song that would go through my head all. Day. Long. It was something that may not seem like much, and maybe to some it would seem annoying, but to me it gave me strength to get through the day. It also made me feel special-like God was watching over me and loved me enough to fill my day with joy.

I arrived at the home-still continually praying that he would work in me and help me keep my attitude right as I was working the day before, the day of and the day after Christmas. God came through for me!

I was running around getting medication to some of the residents when one of my co-workers pulled me aside. She told me that she'd heard something from her pastor and wanted to share it with me. Despite being super busy, I stopped to politely listened. Here's the story she told me (I actually found the story she told me online and just copied that below.

Pray Until Something Happens

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 his weary mind:

"You have been pushing against that rock for a long time, and it 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 simple obedience and faith in Him. By all means, exercise the faith that moves mountains, but know that it is still God who moves the mountains.

When everything seems to go wrong ... just PUSH!
When the job gets you down ... just PUSH!

When people don't react the way 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!

After my friend told me that story, it was as if God had shown me to keep doing what I was doing. He would move those mountains when the time was right. He WAS and still IS working in my life. I just needed to keep on Praying Until Something Happened. Keep faithful to him.

Each of the verses touches on struggles we go through in life. The first verse touches on how you've been praying for so long that you're beginning to feel like giving up. Your joy, peace and happiness feels like it's gone and there is no hope of getting it back. You begin to think and even believe...if God had just come through this wouldn't have happened!

The second verse talks about how your heart and arms are empty because of the trials you've been through.
Perhaps you've been looking for that one person who will be your true love and God just hasn't brought them into your life.
Maybe you've wanted a child for so long, but nothing has happened or maybe you've had a child and God took that precious life to heaven.
At last you just fall into tears and your heart never feels full from all the loss you feel.

The third verse reminds us that we must keep looking to God through those moments in life where you never seem to make headway. To remember that God has a purpose in all that happens and he will be gloried as he works in our lives!

And finally the chorus:

God is one time, my friend,
Pray until something happens,
For he has not left you alone,
Just have faith he's by your side,
God is on time.

Trust, believe and keep the faith!

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