What happens when life takes a serious turn? Suddenly. Without warning. You're skating on the blessings of life one day and the next day, the unexpected hits you like a ton of bricks.

Suppose you are sleeping away and suddenly your house gets hammered by an earthquake? What if you received the news that you are facing a rare, incurable disease? What about the sudden death of a loved one? Are you prepared for that kind of tragedy? How would you cope?

So many of us are ill-prepared. But why?

The unexpected happens all the time. Life will throw your a mean curveball. Happens everyday and every night. If you will, let me illustrate. My wife and I the other night went to bed earlier than normal. I had a medical procedure performed that day, so we were both a little exhausted. So, off we go to bed.

Around midnight I had to get up, couldn't sleep, restless. About an an hour or so later, my wife came in and tracked me down some medicine to take for the pain. Now, by this time, we are both sleep deprived and exhausted, so -- not surprisingly -- when our heads hit the pillow, we were out.


A tremendous crashing sound came from our utility room next to our bedroom. The house shook. I literally thought the world was coming to an end, or that a tree had fallen on the side of the house, or that a car had crashed into the house or that someone was beating down the back door.

I jumped out of bed shouting "Oh my God!" I yanked the door to the utility room open to find who knows what. My wife following me waving an automatic weapon.

To our amazement, the entire wall cabinet had fallen down from the wall. No car crash, no aliens, no one beating down the door, no armageddon. Whew.

But this event really started me to thinking. How would we have responded to a real disaster?

I was reminded of the great encouragement from the Apostle Paul:

"The God who spoke light into existence, saying, "Let light shine from the darkness," is the very One who sets our hearts ablaze to shed light on the knowledge of God's glory revealed in the face of Jesus, the Anointed One. But this beautiful treasure is contained in us -- cracked pots made of earth and clay -- so that the transcendent character of this power will be clearly seen as coming from God and not from us. We are cracked and chipped from our afflictions on all sides, but we are not crushed by them. We are bewildered at times, but we do not give in to despair. We are persecuted, but we have not been abandoned. We have been knocked down, but we are not destroyed. We always carry around in our bodies the reality of the brutal death and suffering of Jesus. As a result, His resurrection life rises and reveals its wondrous power in our bodies, as well." -- 2 Corinthians 4:6-11 (Voice)

You see, the very power of the resurrected Jesus Christ is present in all believers. That light empowers us to deal with the unexpected, to be prepared and overcome life's greatest struggles.

Only the Resurrected Savior can help you deal with whatever may come and whatever sin enslaves you. Do you have that power?