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A well-thrown fast ball is predictable you know where it is going and because of that, it is fairly easy to hit. But a curve ball is different. The pitcher makes the ball curve by pulling down on it with his fingers as he releases it. The ball spins diagonally and then curves. When I say a curve ball, I am referring to an unexpected problem, a surprise obstacle or a twist in the way you thought things were going to happen.

For example, you thought your marriage was going to be everything you hoped for and you thought you were going to live happily ever after. Maybe you were hired for a new job and you thought it was going to be a certain way, but you found out you had a boss or an employee that was a real pain in the neck.

That was a curve ball. You did not see it coming. It started out the way you thought it would, but suddenly there was a change. Jesus was their savior ; He was their King and all of a sudden He is hanging on the cross and they are hoping that He will have a comeback and then he gets buried.

Have you ever had a curve ball in your life? Maybe somebody in your family died or maybe your parents got a divorce. The disciples had to make a choice; was their faith going to be based on the circumstances around them or continue to carry on what Jesus told them to do? When I was 18, my father died unexpectedly. I remember the day that my mom and dad were going to a birthday party of a friend.

They were dressed up and I remember my father making really nice compliments to my mom, how good looking she was and all that. Anyway, off they went. At the party while he was dancing, he fell on the floor and had a heart attack; he never stood up again. It was a very, very tragic moment for all of us; our life was never the same thereafter. There are many times that people are not correctly handling problems and obstacles in their lives because they have failed to make an adjustment in their timing.

The point is this: Most of us are accustomed to handling things straight on, so it can be very difficult when we get a curve ball thrown at us. There are situations in our life where we feel we are totally undone because of something unexpected and unwanted came into our life. You have to make choice.

You can be destroyed and fall apart or you can bounce back and hit that ball! You can look at it this way: You can stay in the boat Jesus and cross the ocean go through life in this world and the sharks will not get to you. In Christ there is victory, joy and peace. In the world, there is tribulation, but in Christ, you can go through the world overcoming every circumstance and situation.


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