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By: Ted Camp, Silent Word Ministries


“On April 11, 1970 Astronaut James A. Lovell suddenly reported a phrase that will never be forgotten. “Houston, we have a problem.” He was 205,000 miles from earth on Apollo 13 which had experienced a rupture in the fuel-cell oxygen tank. This resulted in an explosion that caused Apollo to lose oxygen, electric power and other essential systems.

Their return to earth became questionable. They had a problem. There was only one chance for survival. They had to abandoned Apollo 13 and the mission. The crew entered into a Lunar Module seeking to return to earth. They reentered the earth atmosphere and finally splashed down safely in the Pacific Ocean on April 17, 1970.” -- From Wikipedia

Astronaut Jim Lovell was having a problem free journey in outer space. But in just a few moments everything rapidly changed. As a Christian, your life can be changed in a moment. Everything can be wonderful, but in a moment it could change. It could be a text, email, or a phone call. You life can drastically change in just a few moments. It could be finances, cancer, family, health, an accident, or you could be blind sided from an unexpected event.

Some things can quickly happen and your life will never be the same again. You will learn that just being a Christian does not free you from pain and problems. Life can be tough. We must learn to accept what we did not cause or cannot change. Everything happened suddenly to Job and at least sixteen times he questioned “Why?” Job never knew why. He learned that knowing why would not change what happened. Finally Job said, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him” (Job 13:15).

As Job we also may need to stop trying and start trusting. We may need to ask the Lord to increase our faith and trust in Him. When an unexpected problem suddenly happens we can say, “My Heavenly Father, I have a problem.” James Lovell sought help from Houston, but we can seek help from the Lord. “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (II Peter 5:7).“Cast” means to roll your cares off you and roll them upon the Lord.

The Lord may not still your storm, but He can still you in the storm. He can change the bad to become good. The Lord will have the last word and it will be “good” (Romans 8:28). The Lord also promises He will never leave or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). The Lord will remain with you when you have a problem and He will remain until splashdown...These are Words of Wisdom

Ted Camp is director of Silent Word Ministries, a worldwide ministry based in Trenton. E-mail him at


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