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Passages: Darien’s Rise, Part 4 Devotional: Where is God in the…Good Times?

October 9th, 2009

After you’ve heard “Passages: Darien’s Rise, Part 4,” check out this devotional thought. (If you haven’t heard Part 4, check out the Media Player starting October 10. You can also find a station in your area.)

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By Elizabeth Goldsmith

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:29-31)

A sunny day

A sunny day

I usually try to avoid driving in the winter when the weather’s bad, but one snowy January day I had to get to the airport. I was praying during the entire two-hour drive, and my arms were sore because of how tightly I was holding on to the steering wheel. Finally, I made it to the airport. I was so thankful to God for keeping me safe.

But what about normal, sunny days when everything’s going great? How easy it is to forget that God provides for us in the good times, too! Part of being a Christian means depending on God to meet all our needs. But when everything at home and at school is going well, it’s sometimes easy to forget Who is holding us up. It is, after all, God who provides us with air to breathe, food to eat, and water to drink.

In this week’s episode of Passages, it seemed like danger was following Darien around wherever he went. King Lawrence was out to get him, but the Unseen One was there too, protecting him. Darien had a close relationship with the Unseen One, but it wasn’t just because of the dangerous times. Before the King turned against him, back when he was just a farm boy living a peaceful life, Darien had faithfully followed the Unseen One even when so many others were turning away from Him.

It’s comforting to know that God is there when you’re sad, lonely, upset, or scared, and that nothing can happen to you that He doesn’t know about. But God is also there when you’re happy, excited, and everything seems to be going your way. The closer we are to God during the good times, the more prepared we’ll be for the hard times. Learning to live for God every day isn’t easy, but it’s one of the most important things you or I can do.

What is a way that God provides for your needs? How can you thank God today for the blessings he gives? Sound off in the comments below!

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50 Comments on “Passages: Darien’s Rise, Part 4 Devotional: Where is God in the…Good Times?”

  • Hannah E. on October 9th, 2009 - 4:26pm



  • m.e. on October 9th, 2009 - 4:44pm


    hurry please!

  • ESTHER. on October 10th, 2009 - 9:40am


    sounds intresting.

  • ty on October 10th, 2009 - 12:43pm


    sounds like a great story. can’t wait to here it. I’ve
    been listening to all the shows andam really enjoying it.
    P.S. could you please play the nova come series soon it is my most favorite series ever.

  • CC on October 11th, 2009 - 9:04am


    I think this story is based on David and Jonathan, right?

  • NICK on October 11th, 2009 - 3:33pm


    I can’t wait.

  • annA on October 11th, 2009 - 5:10pm



  • lovepeace on October 11th, 2009 - 7:44pm


    I can’t wait! I HATE waiting.

  • Jess on October 12th, 2009 - 2:12pm


    I wounder who dies in part V, or was Anna really dreaming?

  • hannah on October 12th, 2009 - 2:27pm


    love it i thionk kile and Linda are learning a good leson.
    i think my little brother can listen to it so moms dads and older siblings younger children who watch lord of the rings and other movies can listen to it.
    blessings to you all love

  • marz on October 12th, 2009 - 5:04pm


    i luv Darion’s Rise!!!!!!!!by the way i luv the poem
    in the episode Best Laid Plans!!!!the poem that “tolarge.”it’s fantastic!!!!

  • ben on October 12th, 2009 - 8:28pm


    One of the best series you have put out i love listening to it even though i have finished the book KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK A/O

  • Tobia on October 13th, 2009 - 12:46pm


    sorry, but this has nothing to do with the podcast, but im to afraid to mail a letter. I was thinking, why not bring back josh and Amy from best laid plans?
    just an idea.
    so long.

  • jess on October 13th, 2009 - 4:35pm


    TOBIA personally I like the idea, Except for Christopher Fornof (Beebee) is like 20 years old now.

  • NIcole on October 13th, 2009 - 9:29pm


    I love Adventures in Odyssey! Thanks for everything you guys do! I really appreciate it! I am hanging on to edge of my chair! I Love You Guys! Xoxo

  • Rebekah on October 13th, 2009 - 9:33pm


    LOVE IT! :)

  • hannah on October 14th, 2009 - 7:07am


    love it still wondaring who is going to dye in part v
    love love love it

  • BETH on October 14th, 2009 - 2:49pm


    Not to be too hard on these new episodes, they’re really not bad, but…I don’t know about anyone else, but I miss the old episodes. You know, just ordinary people living their ordinary lives. Remember “Family Vacation?” How about “Flash Flood” or the Eugene & Bernard road series? Seems like those kinds of shows were a lot more creative than these. Now, the writers are just dumping the kids into another world, and they’re copying the story of David. My take is if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

  • hannah on October 15th, 2009 - 11:29am


    love darians rise it is so good
    my little brother who is six csn listen to it.blessings hannah

  • S.C. on October 15th, 2009 - 10:03pm


    CAN’T WAIT :>

  • hope on October 17th, 2009 - 10:00am


    personally i think dariens rise is awsome and i also love the other episodes but… they are just taking bible stories and making them more exciting for younger and older kids!, i relly enjoy them and so do my 3 and 5 year old sisters they are finnaly listening to it with me and it brings up alot of good topics and questions great family night activities!

    God bless,
    and keep up the good work
    your sister in christ!

  • C.C on October 17th, 2009 - 11:46am



  • hannah f on October 18th, 2009 - 1:02pm


    this has nothing to do with the podcast but dont have any stamps to send a letter i want to know on i slap floor dose it mean april fools?

  • Kevin on October 18th, 2009 - 5:01pm


    I love the part 5 that I herd but I am trying to get back to other parts to get caut up on all of the parts but all in all very good.

  • stefanie on October 21st, 2009 - 2:32pm


    HANNAH F yes its april fools. btw II LUV PASSAGES!

  • Eliya on October 24th, 2009 - 3:22pm


    Dariens Rise is very good. My sister loves it so much, she can’t wait for part 6. :)

  • Gee on October 24th, 2009 - 5:02pm


    They are all amazing

  • rebekah on October 25th, 2009 - 1:53pm


    its awesome

  • jazmyne on October 27th, 2009 - 1:12am


    i like every part there not boring you can listen to itnall day and never get tired of it thanks for posting thease on the line because some people cant get all the new odyssey that are just comming out and dont foget to an a new character name jazmyne and try to spell it the it the same way please that is my dream to have a character name after me[thanks again for everything ] love always jazmyne dont foget

  • Anjian on October 28th, 2009 - 11:35am



  • martha on October 31st, 2009 - 3:17pm


    Dariens rise,and passages are definetly the best shows Adventures and Odyessy has ever done. i love the passages books also and i have read them over and over again! Odyessy is my absolute favorite radio show!
    keep up the good work!

  • zach on November 11th, 2009 - 1:58pm


    ive heard better keep trying tell connie hey!

  • emma on February 24th, 2010 - 12:32am


    I love it.

  • nkidman on March 1st, 2010 - 6:19pm


    there are 6 books in the series…. i’ve read 5 but have all 6.. there amazing

  • Anonymous on June 7th, 2010 - 1:27pm


    Love it!

  • eLISE on June 7th, 2010 - 1:31pm


    I like them a lot!

  • ANNA on June 7th, 2010 - 1:34pm


    “i LOVE them!

  • ElBERt on November 12th, 2015 - 5:34pm


    Welcome to the “Boys” club !!

  • Anonymous on November 13th, 2015 - 10:23am


    @ Elbert Aren’t you a girl? and why is you name Elbert? Just curius:)

  • dolfin12 on November 14th, 2015 - 3:28pm


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  • wishIwasaboy on November 14th, 2015 - 3:31pm


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  • tomboy on November 14th, 2015 - 3:31pm



  • boy on November 14th, 2015 - 3:34pm


    whats up

  • dolfin12 on November 14th, 2015 - 3:35pm


    can I join I am a tomboy
    (I was all of those)

  • Rodney on November 16th, 2015 - 8:24am


    “Ill get u Jefferson!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

  • wishiwasaboy on November 16th, 2015 - 8:25am


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  • dofin12 on November 16th, 2015 - 8:26am


    Can I join Im a tomboy?????? PLEASEEEEESSSSSSSSS????????????

    (I was all of them)

  • ElBERt on November 16th, 2015 - 1:33pm


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    Hi everyone :-)

  • ElBERt on November 18th, 2015 - 10:30am


    Yes you may :-) what should the topic be ?

  • dofin12 on November 21st, 2015 - 4:15pm


    I have No idea I thought u did.

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