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Passages: Darien’s Rise, Part 3 Devotional: Looking for Neon Arrows

October 1st, 2009

After you’ve heard “Passages: Darien’s Rise, Part 3,” check out this devotional thought. (If you haven’t heard Part 3, check out the Media Player starting October 3. You can also find a station in your area.)

By Jonathan Friday

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Neon Sign

Neon Sign

You may have noticed that the Unseen One in Marus is just like God in our world. So when the Old Judge and Anna are talking about following the Unseen One in Marus, they’re talking about following God in our world.

When I was trying to decide which college to attend, I prayed that God would give me signs to help me follow Him – like neon arrows in the sky, pointing me in the right direction. Surprise, surprise: those miraculous pointers never showed up. Instead, through “little things” like prayer, listening to my parents, and doing my best to serve God with my gifts, He made it pretty clear where I should go to college.

In today’s episode, Anna asks the Old Judge, “How do you know what the calling is?” The Judge’s answer for knowing how to follow God? “Sometimes the knowledge comes in very visible and tangible ways. For most, though, it comes in prayer and the study of the Sacred Scrolls.” (In our world, the Sacred Scrolls go by another name…the Bible!) So, in our world, knowing God’s calling comes from talking with God and listening to the commands he’s already called us to carry out.

Right now, I’m at another crossroads in life, getting ready to graduate from college. I still wouldn’t mind those neon arrows, but I know that the answers I’m looking for are more likely to be found through talking with the “Unseen One” and reading a certain book that I keep next to my bed. The “calling” that I’m looking for is right in front of me. For now, my calling is to follow God in everything – and trust Him to make my paths straight.

How has God guided your life? How can you be obedient to his calling? Let us know in the comments below.

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97 Comments on “Passages: Darien’s Rise, Part 3 Devotional: Looking for Neon Arrows”

  • R.J. on October 1st, 2009 - 9:53am


    I love Darien’s Rise! It is so suspensful!

    Great job!
    P.S. My family and I love Odyssey 🙂

  • a. on October 1st, 2009 - 1:43pm


    by reading Gods word the Bible, and doing what he tells us too is one way of following him. its always best to do what God tells us to do.

  • Ashley on October 1st, 2009 - 3:16pm


    Darien’s Rise rocks!!
    God Bless

  • Em on October 1st, 2009 - 4:40pm


    Who is writing these devotions? I really like them!

  • hannah on October 1st, 2009 - 5:59pm


    KEEP up the good work!

  • kech wolcott on October 1st, 2009 - 6:37pm


    dariens rise is awsome! cant wait for part 3 to come out!

  • M.J. on October 3rd, 2009 - 7:08am


    I love Darien’s personality. I think he really funny and I would love to have a friend like him.

  • o.g.b. on October 3rd, 2009 - 9:16am


    I love it too! It is so exciting!

  • aio#1 on October 3rd, 2009 - 1:37pm


    Its kind of obvious whats going to happen.

  • jane on October 3rd, 2009 - 11:24pm


    i love it.

  • CHELS! on October 4th, 2009 - 8:33am


    I am right now at the same “crossroads” deciding where I am going to go to university. In, fact I just talked with my Dad about it (again) last night. It is tough, but we came to the same conclusion – to trust God that he’ll work it out if we seek him. And now all that’s left to do is wait…..

  • Philip on October 4th, 2009 - 8:59am



  • mikel on October 4th, 2009 - 9:29am


    ahhh i can wait i love this series and i love ADventures in Odyssey

  • Picachu on October 4th, 2009 - 5:04pm



    P.S.It is going to be awsome.

  • bekie on October 4th, 2009 - 5:07pm





  • Emily on October 5th, 2009 - 7:11am


    Darien’s Rise was so great! I LOVED it!
    Good job on everything you do!
    God Bless!

  • MATT on October 5th, 2009 - 10:36am



  • ABIGAIL on October 5th, 2009 - 12:18pm


    I love Andventures in Odyssey, most of all Darien’s Rise and the Novacom Saga,keep up the good work,

  • hannah on October 5th, 2009 - 1:10pm


    i am a big fan of odyssey i have dariens rise on my playlist i am yousually a big fan of this stuff but i have not heard it yet i will see if any more commits blessings to you all love hannah

  • odysseyfreak on October 5th, 2009 - 3:10pm


    AIO is to addictive!!! Darian’s Rise is so cool! I wonder if they will make audio dramas of the rest of the Passages books?! I hope so! I’m throwing this question out to everyone, who has read at least 1 of the Passages books? I have read all of them!

  • BEKIE on October 5th, 2009 - 5:21pm


    I adore the series and i listen to them over and over and over again and again there twotoly cool Yay Ya.

  • BEKIE on October 5th, 2009 - 5:24pm



  • Sharlene on October 6th, 2009 - 11:26am


    I totally LOVE Darien’s Rise. It’s my favorite show of Adventures in Odyssey EVER. I look forward to it every week.

  • Beth on October 6th, 2009 - 3:30pm


    These new shows are pretty good. Anybody else notice that they’re paralleling the story of David in 1 Samuel? Pretty obvious to me, Lawrence is Saul, George is Jonathan, and the old judge is Samuel. Oh yes, and Michelle is Michal of course. If you look up the story of David, you’ll see that Michal really did warn David and help him escape like Michelle.

  • wootun baset on October 7th, 2009 - 6:13pm


    I <3 these stories!!!!! i didnt no they made books though. wootun baset is my fav character. i have heard like every audio odyssey story like 200 times and i still love them. i have them on my mp3

  • jayla on October 8th, 2009 - 6:32pm


    i love it

  • jayla on October 8th, 2009 - 6:34pm


    is there a 3rd

  • jayla on October 8th, 2009 - 6:37pm


    sorry abcut this is the 3rd time.but i found it. cool

  • trent on October 8th, 2009 - 7:16pm



  • maddie mag on October 10th, 2009 - 10:25am


    i love AIO. so cool!:)

  • hannah on October 12th, 2009 - 2:30pm


    o i love it and it is a good lesson

  • Rebekah on October 13th, 2009 - 9:36pm


    love it!

  • hannah on October 14th, 2009 - 12:24pm


    hey i love this very much

  • maya on October 14th, 2009 - 2:04pm


    I love the story its great! keep up the good work!

  • abc on October 14th, 2009 - 5:21pm


    this is off topic but i like the episode where the gangs are at camp and the gangmember to large says that deep poem it is touching 😉

  • rebekah on October 17th, 2009 - 12:26am



  • jazmyne on October 21st, 2009 - 2:27am


    i love every thing that you guys do sometimes i can see every thing you guys are doing .

  • dave on October 21st, 2009 - 5:52pm


    i love the show
    i can’t wait until darin’s rise comes out part6

  • Tyler on October 26th, 2009 - 2:39am


    I’ve read most of the books of passages but never listened to the audios ’cause I didn’t get the memo. jk. does anyone know where I can find the free audio (or post the audio on like youtube or somethin’)

  • Tyler on October 26th, 2009 - 3:09am


    yes that was all the letters I could use.

  • sara on October 27th, 2009 - 4:31pm


    I love it !

  • someone on November 10th, 2009 - 7:39pm



  • baden t. on May 1st, 2010 - 9:12am


    i love listening to dariens rise when were traveling to hamilton to visit my family there when my dads drivng my brother falls asleep sometimes i do as well so long baden age 9 🙂

  • mikey on June 24th, 2010 - 3:40pm


    D} Passages is Totally Awesome!!!!

  • i luv shona on October 23rd, 2013 - 2:01pm



  • Stormshadow on October 23rd, 2013 - 3:30pm


    I guess I can be on the “prayer team”

  • yellow on October 23rd, 2013 - 3:33pm


    @I LUV SHONA, I appreciate what you are doing. please pray for Audrey’s family. the memorial service is this Saturday. thank you. God bless.

  • Emmy on October 24th, 2013 - 4:43am


    I LUV SHONA- I love to pray and would love to help lead!

  • i luv shona on October 24th, 2013 - 8:52am


    @EMMY and @TORMSHADOW great I am glad to welcome you! I will be doing more advertising.

  • pink!! on October 24th, 2013 - 8:58am


    Hey, y’all, please pray 4 my friend Micah, his dad is deploying very soon.

    thank you

  • sports kid on October 24th, 2013 - 11:02am


    I feel like I am all alone.

  • stormshadow on October 24th, 2013 - 3:36pm


    @pink!! deployed in the army im assuming? okay i will pray!

  • Emmy on October 24th, 2013 - 6:05pm


    Okay, COUNTESS posted on a different podcast, and needs prayer! Her (I think it’s a her!) dad was injured in a car accident and he can’t go to work! Let’s pray!

  • i luv shona on October 25th, 2013 - 9:50am


    thank you for looking of the club for people who need prayer @EMMY.

  • koolkat on October 25th, 2013 - 9:54am


    Hi, when I learned there was people here to pray for me on a blog….I started to cry, thank you for all you do!

    Please pray for my cousin who is in a bad situation right now. Please just pray for her.

  • Sports kid on October 25th, 2013 - 10:25am


    (sighs) I’m trying to post a racing series on this blog and the Mod does not post it. Anybody pray about that.

  • Emmy on October 25th, 2013 - 2:00pm


    @Koolkat- welcome, and we will pray!

    @Sports Kid- um, I think they wrote in the guidelines that you’re not really supposed to post stories. Sorry. I will pray that you will find another way to share your writing!

  • Emmy on October 25th, 2013 - 2:00pm


    @I LUV SHONA- you’re welcome! =)

  • star4all on October 25th, 2013 - 2:46pm


    My cousin is missing and they kind find her! please please pray!!!

  • I luv shona on October 25th, 2013 - 2:48pm


    I promise I will pray for all these requests! And I have already prayed for the others!

  • Emmy on October 25th, 2013 - 9:05pm


    @Star4all- I will most definitely pray!! Wow, that must be very scary for you and and your/her family. Remember that…

    The LORD is close to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:18)

  • stormshadow on October 26th, 2013 - 7:03am


    @star4all WOW that must be scary just remember god is there for her and you 🙂

  • star4all on October 26th, 2013 - 10:45am


    THEY FOUND MY COSINE!!!Thank you 4 all your prayers!

  • stormshadow on October 26th, 2013 - 5:13pm


    @everybody darci posted and asked people to pray on her club she said its getting hard to live with her dad!

  • stormshadow on October 28th, 2013 - 11:09am


    @star4all WOW so cool if you dont mind could yo kinda tell the story of what hapened?

  • Emmy on October 28th, 2013 - 11:26am


    @Star4all- praise the LORD!! That’s great news. =D

  • star4all on October 28th, 2013 - 1:40pm


    It’s a difficult situation.

  • Flyingrider on October 29th, 2013 - 2:54pm


    my moms gonna have a baby so please pray for safety and a healthy baby!

  • Emmy on October 29th, 2013 - 7:04pm


    @Flyingrider- how exciting- I’ll pray!!

  • stormshadow on October 30th, 2013 - 8:06am


    flyingrider wow thats cool i will pray

  • Horselove on November 12th, 2013 - 6:03pm


    This is great!So happy you are looking out for others in prayer. @STAR4ALL- Oh God is good. Do you guys take prayers and PRAISES? That would be cool because I have a couple:)

  • Sports Teen on December 3rd, 2013 - 1:06pm


    Emmy: There is only one problem with that. My mom won’t let me post it anywhere else!

  • josi on December 10th, 2013 - 5:23pm


    FLYINGRIDER: Oh cool! Is it gonna be a boy or a girl? I dont like little kids that much but if i did i would love for my mom to have another baby:) My favorite baby in the world is my cousin Abram who is PERFECT:) He’s like the only kind of little kid I like. Sorry!

  • josi on December 10th, 2013 - 5:24pm


    Sorry if i hurt your feelings with that last comment Fliybgrider. Babies are cool 🙂 Very happy for you:)

  • josi on December 10th, 2013 - 5:25pm


    STAR4ALL What do you mean your cousin is missing?!!?! That is aweful!! I will pray very hard!! can you give me the stoary please?

  • josi on December 10th, 2013 - 5:26pm


    STAR4ALL Where did they find your cousin?? Was she kidnapped???? Fill me in:) So glad she’s found! HOw old is she?

  • josi on December 10th, 2013 - 5:28pm


    PRAYER REQUEST: Our family knows a little girl whos mom just a week ago died of an overdose. She hasno idea who her dad is. PLEASE PRAY!! She has been living with a grandma who is pretty mean to her. 🙁 She needs Jesus

  • josi on December 10th, 2013 - 5:30pm


    I have the complete Darians rise series. It took me like till the last disc to figure out it was the story of David and Saul.

  • josi on December 10th, 2013 - 5:31pm


    PRAYER REQUEST! My great grandma has all timers. She couldnt even remember her own name. the othere day i was with her and she told me the same thing like thirty times. I know God can cure all timers even when doctors cant.

  • DARCI on December 13th, 2013 - 4:14pm


    @EMMY!!!!! Hey! I will pray!

  • horselover on December 15th, 2013 - 4:05pm


    @Josi, I will pray hard! Thank you all for talking to me a little bit, I cherish it all, but if you see this comment, I am leaving the site for good. So yeah, by guys!

  • DARCI on December 22nd, 2013 - 12:41pm


    @HORSELOVER!!!!! Hey! No! Please don’t leave! Please start posting again! I havn’t been on latly! But I will try harder!!

  • horselover on January 8th, 2014 - 9:53am


    Okay I actually changed my mind, I missed it to much. I will most a little bit though. Do you want to be my posting buddy? No pressure.

  • DARCI on January 16th, 2014 - 4:13pm


    @HORSELOVER!!!!! Hey! I will be you’re posting buddy! 🙂 I’m sooo glad that you changed you’re mind:)

  • DARCI on January 16th, 2014 - 4:17pm


    @EVERYONE!!!!! Hey! Wi ll ya’ll please pray for my Great Grandma? She has All-Timers and it’s not good… And her husband (My Great Grandpa) just had a mini stroke… 🙁 The other day Gma needed to sign somthing and she couldn’t even remember her own name! My Grandma (My Great Gma’s daughter)went to pick her up for somthing this morning and she didn’t even know her own daugters name… Well please pray for My Grandma and Grandpa that God will cure them both:) Miracles still happen Ya know?! :):)

  • horselover on January 21st, 2014 - 6:00pm


    @Darci, I will pray! So how old are you?

  • DARCI on January 27th, 2014 - 8:35pm


    @HORSELOVER!!!!! Hey! Thanks 4 the prayers! 😆 I am 12 since January 17th! How old are you? Sorry I didn’t answer u sooner… I just havn’t checked this blog 4 a while 😳 😳 Wanna b posting buddies? I post on this podcast, and the newest one… I forget what it’s called! 😳 😳 😳 😳

  • flyingrider on May 8th, 2014 - 1:58pm


    Anyone here?

  • horselover on June 22nd, 2014 - 6:36pm


    I will be your posting buddy. We can just post back and fourth on this if you want:)

  • DARCI on September 16th, 2014 - 4:05pm


    STAR 4 ALL: Hey! Have y’all found your cousin yet?? (Sorry, I just spent a week in L.A. and I kind of picked up the word Y’ALL!! 😆 ) 🙄 🙂

  • horselover on January 12th, 2015 - 6:30pm


    Wow…I haven’t been on here in forever! Do you guys still like post prayer requests?

  • DARCI on July 31st, 2015 - 1:35pm


    The last comment was January 12th from HORSELOVER.
    It’s now July 31st. 😀
    That’s actually kinda sad. :-S
    COME BACK EVERYONE!!!!!! 😀 😀

  • DARCI on August 4th, 2015 - 2:37pm



  • DARCI on August 20th, 2015 - 1:20pm


    well this is awkward…

  • DARCI on August 27th, 2015 - 5:17pm



  • DARCI on February 6th, 2016 - 2:24pm


    Wow. That was back when I was twelve.
    I’m now fourteen. 🙂
    I can’t believe how the time flies. 🙂 🙂
    It’s super sad that nobody posts on this one anymore! 🙁

  • skye on August 6th, 2016 - 1:01pm


    I’m here!

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