When Life Throws A Curveball

When Life Throws A Curveball

By: Jocelyn Joines, Communications Director
No one is safe from the “unexpected” happening to them in this lifetime. It could be a flat tire on your way to work, a cancelled flight, a child getting sick, or anything that else that would be seen as “inconvenient”. On the other hand, sometimes life can deal us unexpected cards on a larger scale, like a house flood, or a death in the family. Sooner or later, every person will be faced with the sadness and difficulty that comes with sudden events that can change our lives forever.
Most of the time, tragedy isn’t something that we plan for. We don’t arrange it ahead of time. But whether we’re prepared or not, the unexpected will come and go in our lives. In moments of crisis, there’s no better place to turn than to our God. Psalm 46:1 tells us “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.” He has promised to help those who come to him in times of trouble.

We can search Scripture and find many of God’s saints who’ve known times of great trouble and difficulty as they journeyed through life. Consider David, the psalmist of Israel. Though he was anointed and chosen to be king, he found himself hated and hunted by those who sought to destroy him. In Psalm 27:1-3, however, notice that he says while in the midst of trouble:

The Lord is the light of my Salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; whom shall I dread? When evildoers come upon me to devour my flesh, my adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell. Though a host encamp against me, my heart will not fear; though war rise against me, in spite of this I shall be confident.

These are the words of a man who learned to be sustained by God during the most difficult and trying times in his life. In the midst of tragedy, he learned he didn’t need to live in fear, because God was his defense. Though he found himself in trying times, he could be fully confident that God would protect and uphold him.

We have the same hope as David because God has promised never to leave us or forsake us (Deut. 31:6). We also have hope because we’re not alone—not only do we have God, He’s also given us each other. This is our strength—a united front gaining confidence and determination together but, more importantly, learning to rely on God together.

As we move forward through the difficulties in life, we have an important decision to make: How should we respond? Our response to tragedy, whether it’s personal and limiting in effect or an all-encompassing, worldwide crisis, should be the same: Turn to Jesus, lead with compassion and concern for others, live fearlessly, and remember who’s in control. You are covered!

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