03 April: Coping with Sudden Change

This chapter gives insight into our coping mechanism when dealing with sudden and unexpected change…

READ MARK 16  Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.


The most disorientating question to answer when sudden unexpected change has turned you on your head, is what to do next. Most people will advise on not making a move until your vision clears and you get your bearings again. When the most controversial day in history had just taken place, everyone involved had been broken to pieces![a]

To cope with this level of sudden change, most stayed at home in bewilderment. Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance would have been emotions exhibited by everyone in grief that day. There’s stress, but then there’s hyper-stress. If some were extraverts, under hyper-stress, they probably went to bed. If some were introverts, under hyper-stress, they probably became talkative. The analytical and generally placid probably became aggressive.

For three women, the pressing matter of “the clean-up job” forced them (against all natural instincts) out of their front door. . As soon as it was light and before the city stirred, they set out for the tomb carrying spices for a job that simply couldn’t wait. This was the third day but technically Jesus’ body had only been in there since 3pm on Friday (less than 40hrs), so their concern wasn’t the smell. What was on their mind, as they hurried unnoticed through the narrow streets, was the large stone that had been rolled into place three days earlier.

But if Friday hadn’t been shocking enough, Sunday turned the world upside down…

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But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.

Wanting to speak directly with the God of the impossible? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[b]


   1.   Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”

Let’s come before You Lord with thanksgiving and extol You with music and song. For You Lord are the great God, the great King above all gods! [Psalm 95:2-3]

   2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”

  • The World: Pray for the Republic of Chad[c]
  • Your Country’s Parole System
  • Yourself: Effective use of your time
  • Your concerns for today
When anxiety was great within me, You Lord, my consolation, have brought me joy. [Psalm 94:19]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”

Help me to submit myself to You, Father God. If I resist the devil, he’ll flee from me. [James 4:7]

   4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”

Thank-you Lord that You will fight for me; I need only to be still. [Exodus 14:14]

“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”

When Jesus was questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, He always spoke things that were previously written in God’s Word.[d] Following these memory verses from ten topics, will help you learn 52 verses from the bible in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Giving God’s Good News

“Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel…” [Ephesians 6:19]

[a] Matthew 21:44

[b] Matthew 6:5-15

[c] http://www.operationworld.org/country/chad/owtext.html

[d] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31

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