It seems like everyone has hard times and life tends to fall apart. Sometimes things fall apart so badly that we wonder if they can ever be restored. I believe that this happens because there is an enemy in this world that we cannot see, but is no less real than the air we breathe. His name is Satan and I believe he is doing everything in his power to get us to stumble, fall, and focus on ourselves long enough for us to believe that either God doesn’t care or that God isn’t real. The scary thing is that this can happen in the subtlest of ways. Often attacking the things that we hold most dear. For example, if you are happily married, then the relationship with your spouse is a prime target. I think this has even greater emphasis if you are a married Christian couple, but that is a different topic.
Think of your relationship with your spouse as a fortified city wall. This wall surrounds your home and your family. Satan see’s this wall and continually checks it for weaknesses, cracks, and holes. If one is found, he will do everything in his power to exploit it. To tear that part of the wall down and get into whatever good thing you hold so dear. Once he is in, he can do all types of damage. After coming to the realization that your wall has been breached, you try to patch the wall as quickly as possible on you own. You may actually try this several times with "sticks" & "duct tape" only to find that they do not hold Satan back all that well. Realizing you need to call in a specialist to really get this hole in the wall fixed, you call on God, friends, and wise counsel for help. Slowy, the wall begins to take shape once again and is even stronger than before. But it would seem that before you can even celebrate that victory, Satan has already found another weakness somewhere else along the wall… Thus begins the process anew.
This type of pattern is something I believe we will face for the rest of our lives. The encouraging part is that no matter how badly our wall is breached or for how long, God is always willing to love us and help us through it if we but ask.