The Man And The Boulder

There was a man living in a small hut. Outside his hut is a huge boulder about the size of his small hut. One day, the Lord spoke to the man. The Lord said, “My son, I have something I want you to do and I want your complete obedience”, “of course my Lord, tell me what you want to be done” the man replied. The Lord then ordered the man “see that huge boulder outside your hut? I want you to push it everyday. Push it with all your strength”

And so, the man immediately started pushing the boulder with all his strength, and he continued pushing the same boulder everyday. Months had past and the man would still push the boulder outside his hut, though after some time of pushing, will sigh and go home disappointed. A few more months later the man finally got fed up and asked the Lord, “My Lord, why are you ordering me to do something impossible? For many months, daily, I’ve been pushing this same boulder with all my strength but up to now I still can’t move it even an inch. You want me to do something I’m not capable of”, the Lord then replied gently, “My son. I didn’t tell you to move the boulder. I only told you to push the boulder everyday. And because you have been obedient look at your body, you’ve become strong. Your body got molded into a great shape.”

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Obedience to God is one of the hardest thing we human beings encounter. The irony of it is that obedience should not actually be hard. St Ignatius said “It is not hard to obey when we love the one whom we obey”, so if we really love God then it shouldn’t be hard to obey.

But why then is it hard?

I learned from my experience that the reason it’s hard to obey God is because we tend to translate what God tells us to do. We put God’s terms aside and put our worldly terms in it. We tend to change God’s simple instructions to what we think it is-difficult and sometimes impossible. Just like the man in the story.

Brothers and sisters, our puny minds can never comprehend God’s wisdom. It is our calling then to obey what God tells us to do, the way God instructed us to-simple and easy.

Let us learn to fully trust God’s judgement.
Let us be obedient in following His simple instructions.
Let us learn how to truly obey!

I pray for you all
God bless!

Evan Ray T. Cabigon



  1. This is a deep lesson in obedience. Thanks so much.

    • Thank you very much brother. God bless!

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