Most of us think “going through hell” is about the major crises that hit us – death, job loss, major illness, divorce . It’s not. It’s the little things that throw us off course and bring us to the point of meltdown. When I find myself in the midst of major crisis, I know that I’m powerless and rely on God without thinking twice. With the little things, I often make the mistake of thinking I can handle them alone, that I’m doing God a favor by not bothering Him with my petty little struggles. Nothing could be further from the truth. I’m just as powerless over difficult co-workers, unruly children, family squabbles, and that ever-expanding pile of laundry.
I was recently saying to a friend that I feel like I’m under spiritual attack sometimes. I’m not being hit with atomic bombs, just peppered with machine gun fire. Am I crazy for thinking that way? I don’t know. What I do know is that if there really were evil forces at work, their goal would be to render me less useful to God. So my best defense is to cling closer to Him, not just when the atomic bombs get dropped, but when the machine guns fire hits, too. That’s no guarantee that the machine gun fire will stop, but at least I have the satisfaction of knowing that it’s not having the devil’s desired result.
Rodney Adkins says it best – if you’re going through hell, keep on going.