The God of Small Things

What does "things can change in a day" means

"things can change in a day" this line is often used by the author several times.What does it actuall means and what is the author trying to say through this lines

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Life is unpredictable. We like to think that we are in control of our destiny but things can change in an instant. We have no control over how the universe will unfold for us.

“Perhaps it’s true that things can change in a day. That a few dozen hours can affect the outcome of whole lifetimes. And that when they do, those few dozen hours, like the salvaged remains of a burned house—the charred clock, the singed photograph, the scorched furniture—must be resurrected from the ruins and examined.