An event in life can be life changing. It can steer us towards devotion for God.
On the other hand, devotion to God, if already present, can help us steer through the event.
The latter is better, for it is like having provision at the time of need.
This need for God does not have to be in the event of catastrophes, it can help us help us go through rigors of each day, making us feel thankful to God all the time... in other words, seeing His/Her presence in everything happening around us... i.e. a living, satisfying caring presence.
The sooner we begin to feel this living presence, the sooner we are ready to face everything each day, for the difficulties do not announce themselves.