The technique of making things worse for your character is a running theme in the writing process. It is what we need to make the reader worry and care about the character, but when we love our characters, hurting them is hard to do. Yet, when we read a true story of struggle and victory it inspires us.
As you look for more meaningful ways to Throw rocks at your character, I thought you might find inspiration in the story of Michaela DePrince, Orphan Number 27. Her saga reminds us that even in real life when rocks are thrown, victory can come and make way for one to be Mighty.