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Passages: Darien’s Rise, Part 1 Devotional: Why We Wonder

September 17th, 2009

After you’ve heard “Passages: Darien’s Rise, Part 1,” check out this devotional thought. (If you haven’t heard Part 1, check out the Media Player starting September 19. You can also find a station in your area.)

by Jonathan Friday

Other Worlds

Kyle and Anna’s adventure in the land of Marus begins today. And to think it all happened when Kyle fell through the floorboards…and didn’t land on earth!

What makes this sort of adventure so fun to imagine? Why do we love the idea of traveling to “other worlds?” Don’t tell me that I’m the only one who’s wondered if there really is something over the rainbow, who’s tried to step through his mirror, or who checks the backs of wardrobes – just in case!

It seems we all share a desire for another world outside our own. It’s not that we don’t like our own world – it’s just that we long for another! C.S. Lewis, creator of the world of Narnia, had an idea about why stories like “Passages” appeal to us. He wrote in his famous book Mere Christianity, “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”

You know what? He’s right. We are made for another world. If you’ve accepted Christ, you’ve taken your first steps toward a new land. See, Jesus made it pretty clear that he’s from another world when he said, “You are from below. I am from above” (John 8:23). He also said that his kingdom “is not of this world” (John 18:36). When we declare allegiance to Jesus, we begin a life of preparation for that world. Every Christian is just waiting for the chance to get to that land – heaven. 2 Peter 3:13 says, “We are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth.”

So the next time you find yourself testing out floorboards in creaky houses, hoping to find yourself in Marus – remember: it’s okay to hope for “another world”…because it actually does exist. Hope to see you in it!

What kinds of imaginary worlds have you dreamed about? Tell us in the comments below!

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89 Comments on “Passages: Darien’s Rise, Part 1 Devotional: Why We Wonder”

  • PAUL on September 17th, 2009 - 1:59pm



  • Bernedette on September 18th, 2009 - 8:57am


    Hmm…a pocketknife huh…sounds like a reference to ‘Fletcher’s Rebellion’. Which makes sense if Darian represents David. The only weird thing is that ‘Chronicles of the Chosen’ was a really old manuscript right? Or maybe Kyle and Anna are younger than Timmy and Alice. I’m looking forward to hearing the whole series.

    And, I have to admit…the new Whit is growing on me, but I still miss Paul Herlinger and wish they could have gotten someone who sounded more like him.

  • Seth on September 18th, 2009 - 10:06am


    Really looking forward to the new episode tomorrow!

  • bella on September 18th, 2009 - 1:28pm


    Sound great!!

  • Jess on September 18th, 2009 - 1:41pm


    Seth Me too!

  • anna on September 18th, 2009 - 3:32pm


    i enjoy reading the chronicles of narnia and the lion the witch and the wardrobe is my favorite. when i was little i used to look in the back of my closet to see if there was a
    passage to narnia. i always wished there was!!

  • anna on September 18th, 2009 - 3:34pm


    passages is kind of neat. it is a little like narnia.

  • Aaron on September 18th, 2009 - 7:49pm


    Passages is a pretty cool book. I am definitely going to listen to the episode tomarrow. AWESOME!

  • Meredith on September 18th, 2009 - 8:09pm


    A very thoughtprovoking devotional. I agree entirely. We all thirst for a better place. The series will be very exciting.

  • BRittney on September 19th, 2009 - 8:18am


    I do NOT like the new Whit’s voice!! He doesnt sound anything like the other 2 before him. When the show first came on I thought I was listening to a convo between Bernard and Jack Allen..sounded nothing like how a Mr. Whitaker should sound.

  • BRittney on September 19th, 2009 - 8:43am


    But the show is awesome…love it!

  • CHELS! on September 19th, 2009 - 12:09pm


    Almost everyone, myself included, has wondered if there were secret worlds, unknown creatures, and aliens out there, that we may at sometime have access to. c.s. Lewis got it right, as always, we were made for more, and thus long for more. That’s why Narnia and Passages intrigue us so much – it’s because we have the knowledge of more, yet have no way of getting there sans Jesus. That’s why following God is so good, he answers all these questions.
    P.S. The new Whit is growing on me too!

  • h on September 19th, 2009 - 1:21pm


    Passages Darian’s rise is So good! I loved it! I could totally tell it was the story of David I think it’s so cool that Odyssey made an allegory of the Bible in a fantasy world. Does anyone know ho many parts darians rise is 2,3,……
    I am getting used to the new whit but i must admit i don’t like mr.stojka(sp?) as much as mr. Herlinger. I am really

  • h on September 19th, 2009 - 1:23pm


    exited for next saturday! I love Passages! Thanks odyssey!

  • anna on September 19th, 2009 - 3:45pm


    well, i listened to dariens rise and heard mr whitikers new voice. i dont really like his new voice. what happened to paul herlinger? i really, really, miss his voice. he and hal
    smith were the perfect mr whitiker!!

  • yVONNE on September 19th, 2009 - 4:07pm


    Why does Whits voice sound different?

  • m.e. on September 19th, 2009 - 4:38pm


    please hurry!

  • ben on September 19th, 2009 - 5:38pm


    the bible story is david and saul

  • yelizaveta on September 19th, 2009 - 7:39pm


    i like them just that im like lost. is there supposed to be a connection between Fletcher’s Rebellion & Darien’s Rise?

  • Lucy on September 19th, 2009 - 8:20pm


    So far Darian’s Rise is AWSOME.And you are right Anna, it is like The Chronicles of Narnia!I love those too!!But my favorite is The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader.Anyway Well done, you should make more like that.

  • aravis on September 20th, 2009 - 7:40am


    same here, anna< hence the name

  • aravis on September 20th, 2009 - 7:42am


    paul, they did not stop sending out mp3 formats if you have itunes you can search adventures in odyssey then click the podcast and click subscribe.

  • Anonymous on September 20th, 2009 - 9:51pm


    Who is the other guy Jack is talking to on Darien’s Rise 1?

  • Hannah E. on September 21st, 2009 - 6:36am


    The new Whit is really good but he sounds like Tom Riley.

  • Seth on September 21st, 2009 - 6:48am


    Is Chris no longer the announcer for Odyssey?!

  • Julianna on September 21st, 2009 - 10:37am


    I want to be in the land of Narnia.I want to be Lucy.Aslan reprsent God and the witch stands for the evil.
    In christ Alone my hope is found he is my light and strengh.this cornerstone this soild groud light of the world by darkeness night.And As he stands in victory since curse has lost his grip on me.Amen

  • Julianna on September 21st, 2009 - 10:38am


    Seth Chris is still on Odyssey. 🙂 Of course she is……….She has to be.

  • lovepeace on September 21st, 2009 - 12:13pm


    I LOVE DARIENS RISE!!!! i think it was really well done im mad that i have to wait for the next one.

  • Seth on September 21st, 2009 - 12:20pm


    Anonymous, thats the new voice for Whit (Andre, I think). He’s good, but he doesn’t sound quite like White… It’s definitely gonna take some adjustment.

  • Original joe on September 21st, 2009 - 4:01pm


    Seth, Chris is still the announcer for Odyssey. I suppose they thought for a special edition album they should have someone such as Dave Arnold instead.

  • anna on September 21st, 2009 - 4:21pm



  • ashley on September 21st, 2009 - 5:46pm


    I like Dariens Rise,but it would be nice if you had found a new voice for Whit that sounded like the last to did.Where’s chris?

  • t.s on September 21st, 2009 - 6:34pm


    Seth,Chris is still there. Didn’t you hear her?

  • Britney on September 22nd, 2009 - 12:57am


    Yes, the new “Whit” voice is going to take some getting used to… However, I really enjoyed the new adventure… Looking forward to the rest of the series!

  • t.s on September 22nd, 2009 - 3:52pm


    I don’t like the new “whit”. Is going to take me years to get used new whit.

  • Chels! on September 23rd, 2009 - 9:49am


    The series is probably several episodes long, because it takes up a whole album (besides bonus content), so it will probably take a few weeks to finish up.

  • emily on September 23rd, 2009 - 11:40am


    I really like Darien’s Rise! I is like Narnia. It will take some time to get use to the new “Whit” voice. Is something wrong with Mr. Chris? Thanks Odyssey!

  • emily on September 23rd, 2009 - 11:44am


    I really like Dariens Rise! I is like Narnia. It will take some time to get use to the new “Whit” voice. Is something wrong with Mr. Paul? Thanks Odyssey!

  • emily on September 23rd, 2009 - 11:54am


    sorry I messed up and put Mr. Chris Instead of Mrs. Chris.

  • tamara on September 23rd, 2009 - 1:52pm


    yelizaveta, In the lion the wich and the wardrob they were in Narnia for years, but no time passed on earth. Time is differint in other worlds.

  • ANNA on September 23rd, 2009 - 3:30pm


    THANK YOU AIO for playing lyin tale and two roads. it was such a good story about weather your bad or perfect it wont get you into heaven. the only way to get to heaven is to believe in jesus and follow him. my whole family really liked two roads. I think it was one of the best aio’S. keep up the good work.

  • ANNA on September 23rd, 2009 - 3:34pm


    I really miss mr whitikers old VOICE. IT WAS SO GOOD. i dont like the new mr whitiker voice. PLEASE BRING MR WHITIKERS OLD VOICE BACK SOON.

  • Audrey s. on September 24th, 2009 - 9:06am


    This just clicked in my brain: The newest season of Odyssey is this! It started! Only a few weeks ’till album 51! This is like… the welcome mat for the new season (It can’t be the real season because it didn’t have the normal intro thing).

  • Original joe on September 24th, 2009 - 2:32pm


    Audrey S., I’m sorry to say, album 51 doesn’t come out until early 2010. But “Darien’s Rise” is kind of like it.

  • andi (GIrl) on September 25th, 2009 - 12:31am


    i agree with everyone who wants to listen to the new episode tomorrow I CANT WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OH MAN I CANT WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! O WELL i think i will go to sleep its thik 11.20 at night and my familia is still awake in el cajon cali. ok yall god bless each and everyone amen bye bye (snore snore)lol

  • Kylee on September 25th, 2009 - 9:26am


    I don’t like the new whit voice. i want the old one back.:(

  • JORDAn on September 25th, 2009 - 2:32pm


    sounds cool!!!! but when will they sell darien’s rise on itunes?????

  • Danielle on September 25th, 2009 - 3:01pm


    not so sure i like the new mr. whittiker! i miss the old voice….why did you change his voice?

  • lovepeace on September 25th, 2009 - 3:14pm


    anna i totally disagree with you i think passages and narnia are really good. There is a differnce but i think both of them are really good. i dont think i could pick which one i liked better.

  • a. on September 26th, 2009 - 10:13am


    i agree with Anna i like narnia more than passages too.
    its great if you like both though. i too want the old mr.whitiker voice back.

  • anne on September 26th, 2009 - 10:14am


    intresting a.

  • Audrey s. on September 26th, 2009 - 2:34pm


    I can’t wait until album 51! Passages is great, but I never could get into that fantasy alternate world stuff. I started listening to AIO right after album 50, so the wait seems longer.

  • Leigh anne on September 26th, 2009 - 8:29pm


    My best friend thinks that the guy who plays whit is not really the character whit and thinks it is someone else….I am STILL trying to convince her that is IS him!!!!

  • lovepeace on September 27th, 2009 - 1:50pm




  • lovepeace on September 27th, 2009 - 1:50pm



  • hl on September 29th, 2009 - 12:27pm


    I do agree that the new Whit is growing on me, even though it is not the same as the other older ones. We must learn to accept it though and move on. 😀

  • lovepeace on September 29th, 2009 - 4:50pm


    I agree HL. people should make him feel welcome because he is new.

  • a. on September 30th, 2009 - 2:50pm


    whatever happened to Mr. Whitikers old voice anyway?

  • hannah on September 30th, 2009 - 5:39pm


    I agree Ashley. WHERE`S CRIS?

  • KILY on September 30th, 2009 - 5:41pm


    THE new WHIT is cool

  • aio fan 1 on October 1st, 2009 - 5:05pm


    Wow I love AIO and passages they rock.

  • lydia on October 1st, 2009 - 5:28pm


    I liked the Old Whit ha he was.

  • O.G.B on October 1st, 2009 - 6:29pm


    It would be realy cool if they made a chat room! That would be so cool! That way we can actually talk to each other!

  • alex g on October 1st, 2009 - 6:34pm


    I don’t know the diffrence between the two Whits.

  • lovepeace on October 2nd, 2009 - 8:17am


    chris is still there guys!

  • kech wolcott on October 3rd, 2009 - 8:18am


    dariens rise is the coolest!

  • o.g.b. on October 3rd, 2009 - 9:12am


    I agree with A. Whatever happen to him?

  • adrian on October 4th, 2009 - 10:39am


    Why are the bad guys named Adrian’s?That is my name!!!My sister, Talia thinks I am a bad guy now!!!

  • adrian on October 4th, 2009 - 10:42am


    I agree with T.S.

  • Cater on October 4th, 2009 - 11:05pm


    I can wait and flo rider owns AIO

  • rose on October 5th, 2009 - 8:18am


    the only problem with the new whit is that it doesn’t sound like him at all

  • lovepeace on October 6th, 2009 - 3:12pm


    ITS AWESOME!!!! I really like It. Darien’s rise Is pretty good I like It a lot. I really think people should give the new whit a chance. I admit It was hard to adjust but now that I have listened to a few of his episodes I like him. GIVE HIM A CHANCE!!!!!!

  • abby on October 11th, 2009 - 1:56pm


    what happend to mr whitikers old voice? i really miss it! his new voice sounds nothing like the old one.

  • aio fan on October 11th, 2009 - 2:03pm


    i listend to the passages episodes 1,2,3,4 and well, i dont like them a whole lot. i dont like the new mr whitiker voice
    ether. its not the same. i dont mean to be rude or anything its just that the oringinal odessy will always be the best in my mind. please bring old odessy back! thanks!

  • ANNA on October 13th, 2009 - 9:21am


    why did you change mr whitikers voice?

  • hannah on October 14th, 2009 - 6:21pm


    i agree anna i wish mr.whitikers voic was the old one

  • anna on October 16th, 2009 - 3:38pm


    best laid plans was neat. does jason marry amy?

  • anna on October 16th, 2009 - 3:39pm


    oh, and thanks Hannah!

  • Me on October 16th, 2009 - 7:05pm


    I don’t really like the new Whit. He is way different!!!
    My brother heard Passages, he said “Isn’t Whit supposed to be in this?” He was really confused. I had just read about it on the AIO website. I do like Passages though.

  • Me on October 16th, 2009 - 7:08pm


    AIO FAN, you’re right, it just isn’t the same without the old Whit!

  • jessie on October 17th, 2009 - 7:56pm


    the thing is that it’s so interesting that i get mad that we have to wait 5 days just to hear the next episode.

  • B-ball on October 20th, 2009 - 4:37pm


    Keep up the good work!

  • Rebecca on November 3rd, 2009 - 7:50pm


    I absolutely looooove Darien’s Rise. You can totally see that it is the story of David. Michelle and Michal are the same person.David is Darien, and King Lawrence is King Saul.My sisters and I love this show.Pleeeeaaaaasssee air this show again on The week days. I love this. Thankyou sooooo much for airing this show.

  • Melissa on November 3rd, 2009 - 8:01pm


    I love Darian’s Rise very much.

  • hannah on January 2nd, 2010 - 1:04pm


    me to Melissa

  • mael on March 31st, 2010 - 1:49pm


    cant we get a Whit without a weird voice

  • hannha on September 14th, 2010 - 9:09pm


    I LOVE Darian’s Rise it’s the BEST EVERY!!! that’s the TRUTH!!

  • dad on February 23rd, 2011 - 10:35am


    Fletchers rebellion is the best.I love it.

  • Debz on November 11th, 2011 - 11:22am


    where can i download Darien’s rise in mp3 format free?

    please answer, it would help A LOT!!!

    God Bless

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