I don't want to blow up minute issues (compared with some), but at the same time, these past couple of months have been quite hard and exhausting for us; physically and spiritually. I don't like to blame Satan for every "bad" thing that happens. Some things just happen, I think. We choose what we make of it.
However, I do believe that Satan can wear us down with lies during times of hardship. Especially when they just keep coming. He can distract us from the things God is doing in our lives and have us focus on all the hard things we struggle to endure.
Instead, we are encouraged to rejoice in our sufferings.
We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. Romans 5:3-5
I think God wants us to learn more then just a lesson during these times of struggle. These times build character and require that we press further into Him. It increases our prayer life (or at least it should). And sometimes, God is moving in mighty ways and these trials may serve as nothing other than a distraction. Anything to turn our attentions away from God's work. Satan is a great deceiver.
We can struggle to focus on that which God has for us when we're too worried about our circumstances at that moment.
We are in the final stages of our adoption and from a human standpoint, things could look rather bleak. But we must cling to God's promise and pray through the remainder of the process. The other trials could very well distract us from praying and wear us down spiritually. The sickness, basement flood, knee injury (my 10-year old), spiritual heaviness, it is all taxing and distracting.
I am so weary to be honest. But I need to remember to remain connected to God through prayer and His Word otherwise I'm going to dry up and have nothing left. I'll have no fight left in me.
When God calls us to something, we have a duty and responsibility to pray through it. Praying helps us to understand God's heart for what He has called us to. When we pray against the schemes of the enemy, it can also help further God's plan without delay or further trials that are just unnecessary and can be avoided through prayer.
It's also important to remain connected to God in order to keep the right perspective. If we focus on the things of this world and how the world views them, we can easily lose heart. However, when we focus on the eternal things and how God would have us view things, it makes a huge difference in how we go about our days and how we pray. It impacts how we live our lives and how we raise our children.
When life presses down hard and Satan seeks to distract us, we must remain connected to God and not let fear or worry grip us. It will cloud the vision God has for us and the work He is trying to accomplish. Pray through the trials, but don't lose focus of the main work He is trying to accomplish.
Is He preparing you for mission work? Is He preparing you for a family? A new baby? Adoption or Foster care? Whatever it is, do not forget to focus your prayers in those areas, even when trials come and seek to distract you.