The Lord is always trying to speak to us, but we sometimes don't or don't want to hear him. It's easy to put him on Hold or the Ignore list. Then pretty soon the only way for him to get your attention is to shock you in some way, as a last resort maybe. One relative of mine did not return to Church until he had lost his job. There are many others who came back to God only after some tragedy struck. This is learning it the hard way!
It would be so much better to believe early to make it easy for the Lord, pleasing him at the same time. And if shocks do come later, you'd be better prepared to deal with them too.