Picture this….you put a bucket under a water spicket outside but the spicket is turned off. You think you won’t have a problem because you cut the water off at the source. You notice one drip comes out of the spicket and lands in the bucket, but you ignore it because after all, it’s only a drop. Then you walk away. You get busy with life and fail to notice that the one drip was not alone. Another drip followed, then another. It continued dripping…each one alone insignificant. But each one was followed by another and then another and then another…and together, they caused the bucket, with time, to overflow.
The attacks of the enemy are much like those drips in the bucket. That overflow of water started as a single drip. Sometimes he attacks us with a strong, overt attack that is unmistakable and injurious. But most times, they are like drops in a bucket. They are seemingly undetectable. We ignore them or chock them up to a bad day or someone’s bad mood. You see….he knows if we recognize the attack we can fight it. But we are less likely to notice the drips.He knows if we recognize the attack we can fight it. But we are less likely to notice the drips. Click To Tweet
He knows what grates on me. He knows what works on me. Satan knows I have anxiety, he knows I have a tendency to compare myself, he knows I am prone to worry..so what’s he going to do? He’s going to give me little things here and there…drips….so that they virtually go undetected. But they will be little things that are targeted at my weaknesses. They will make me feel oppressed, they will make me feel downtrodden and, finally they, when they all eventually build up and come together and overflow the bucket..will produce a dark night of the soul.
Things like being offended by someone. Maybe someone says something or has an attitude that offends me or hurts my feelings. I will stew on that because that is my personality. And he knows that. If I was the type of person, like my husband, who would hear it and just let it go, that wouldn’t be an effective attack. But for me, it is. So, he is going to put people in my path who are going to say things that either hurt my feelings or make me feel offended because he knows it will cause me to feel downtrodden and not feel like doing things God wants me to do…like write. When I get into the moods the last thing I feel like doing is writing and he knows it.
He’s going to put little stresses in my way because he knows all those drips will go undetected on their own but will accumulate to cause me to finally have a stress fit or feel depressed. Remember…he doesn’t always want his attacks to be detected or overt. He deals in the little drips. And he does it in areas he knows are already a struggle for us.
If you quit smoking for instance..he is not going to have someone show up at your door with a carton of cigarettes and try to get you to start up again! You’d slam the door and walk away! No…he’s going to produce little drips…little stresses that add up and finally cause you to feel like you need to have one to deal with the stress!
An example from my own life was just yesterday…I woke up with extremely dry skin on my face that actually hurt. I had switched facial washes and I think it irritated my skin…something that NEVER happens. Then my eyes were burning all day, probably from the lack of sleep from the night before. Then I had someone texting me about coming to my house on short notice to do some stuff, which meant I had to rearrange my day. Then I had a wasp in my house in 50 degree weather that would NOT die. It was a day of one seemingly little thing after another. Drips in my bucket.
You see…any ONE of these things alone would have been no big deal. Any ONE of these drips would have gone virtually undetected. They would have been annoyances but that’s all. But all of them together produced a despondency in me that made not want to write. And that is EXACTLY what he wanted. He wanted me to not write. He wanted me to put my blog aside for the day and have a pity party. He didn’t do it with one overt attack…he did it with drips. Because the drips, when they go unnoticed, keep us from resisting him. They keep us from running to our Father for help because it is just one thing…or two things. We deal and move on. It keeps us from waging war. It keeps us from putting on our armor. And next thing we know…we are going through a dark night of the soul…we are in the midst of the battle.
So keep an eye on the bucket….
“And give no opportunity to the devil” Ephesians 4:27 (ESV)Click To Tweet
Don’t just look for when the water is getting high…watch for first sign of a drip and then give that drip over to God. Then you will never have to worry about an overflow.
“Therefore submit to God. But resist the devil and he will flee from you” James 4:7 (HCSB)Click To Tweet
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