I recently read this nifty little parable in Ryan Holiday’s The Obstacle is the Way:

There was once a king whose people had grown soft and entitled.

Hoping to teach his people a lesson, the king devised a plan. He decided to place a large boulder in the middle of the road, blocking entry into the city. The king then hid nearby to watch how his people would respond.

Would they band together to try to remove the obstacle? Or would they get discouraged, quit, and return home?

The king watched in disappointment as subject after subject came to the obstacle and turned away. A few made halfhearted attempts before giving up. Some loudly cursed the king.

But nobody did anything about the boulder.

After several days, a lone peasant came along. He did not turn away when he saw the boulder. Instead, he strained as hard as he could, trying to push the boulder out of the way. It wouldn’t budge.

Then an idea came to the peasant. He scrambled into the nearby woods to find something he could use for leverage. Finally, he returned with a large branch that he had crafted into a lever.

With his new lever, the peasant was able to dislodge the boulder.

Beneath the rock was a purse full of gold coins along with a note from the king, which read:

“The obstacle in the path becomes the path. Never forget, within every obstacle is an opportunity to improve our condition.”

Sexual frustration is an obstacle that hinders our path. We did not choose to place the obstacle in our path. Nevertheless, it becomes our problem.

But as the Scriptures say:

A garden locked is my sister, my bride, A rock garden locked, a spring sealed up.

Sometimes, that spring is dammed up so tight, you may feel like you’ll never break through.

But “the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.”

Keep searching for those levers. It will demand patience. It may demand all of your strength and creative power.

But always remember:

You are man, created in the image of God.

A man subdues. A man conquers. A man names and claims what belongs to him.

Do not turn back in the face of adversity. Persevere and bring what is rightfully yours into submission. You will be richly rewarded.