Opportunity Knocks

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#457: “Opportunity Knocks”
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Psalm 37:1-40

11 Of David. Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong;

2for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. 3Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. 4Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. 5Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: 6He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. 7Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. 8Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret--it leads only to evil. 9For evil men will be cut off, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land. 10A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found. 11But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace. 12The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them; 13but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming. 14The wicked draw the sword and bend the bow to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose ways are upright. 15But their swords will pierce their own hearts, and their bows will be broken. 16Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked; 17for the power of the wicked will be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous. 18The days of the blameless are known to the LORD, and their inheritance will endure forever. 19In times of disaster they will not wither; in days of famine they will enjoy plenty. 20But the wicked will perish: The Lord's enemies will be like the beauty of the fields, they will vanish--vanish like smoke. 21The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously; 22those the LORD blesses will inherit the land, but those he curses will be cut off. 23If the LORD delights in a man's way, he makes his steps firm; 24though he stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand. 25I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. 26They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be blessed. 27Turn from evil and do good; then you will dwell in the land forever. 28For the LORD loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones. They will be protected forever, but the offspring of the wicked will be cut off; 29the righteous will inherit the land and dwell in it forever. 30The mouth of the righteous man utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks what is just. 31The law of his God is in his heart; his feet do not slip. 32The wicked lie in wait for the righteous, seeking their very lives; 33but the LORD will not leave them in their power or let them be condemned when brought to trial. 34Wait for the LORD and keep his way. He will exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are cut off, you will see it. 35I have seen a wicked and ruthless man flourishing like a green tree in its native soil, 36but he soon passed away and was no more; though I looked for him, he could not be found. 37Consider the blameless, observe the upright; there is a future for the man of peace. 38But all sinners will be destroyed; the future of the wicked will be cut off. 39The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD; he is their stronghold in time of trouble.

40The LORD helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him.

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Opportunity Knocks

“Opportunity Knocks” is episode #457 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Marshal Younger, and originally aired on December 2, 2000.


With the Timothy Center in a financial crisis, it seems like an answered prayer when a company called Novacom offers Tom Riley a lot of money to build a tower on his property.



It's another edition of "Candid Conversations with Connie," that fabulous radio show in which Connie Kendall interviews interesting people about interesting things. Today it's Tom Riley, owner and operator of the Timothy Center. Connie starts asking questions about all the projects coming up at the Center, but Tom seems hesitant to talk about it. Connie pushes him and eventually finds out, however, that the Center is in a financial crisis...and she didn't even know about it! Whit and Bethany Shepard are listening to the broadcast and suddenly hear a voice cut into the program. It says "Novacom transmission test...testing...one...two...three." Whit wonders why the company is cutting into their programming. Just then, Tom and Connie come out of the booth. Connie wonders why she didn't know about the financial trouble, but Tom insists that he'll handle things. Connie isn't easily persuaded and eventually convinces him to have a big fund-raiser at the Center. Ben and Ellen Shepard help out by praying, while Bethany works on making a list of how she can help save money.

Meanwhile, Whit finds that Novacom is a new company around town which just recently got their broadcasting license. Whit meets with Arthur Dent, a representative of the company, and he assures them that the interference was simply a malfunction. He continues by telling Whit of all that Novacom wants to do in supporting the community of Odyssey. He also says that the company needs to build a radio tower nearby and suggests a plot of land on Tom's property, stating that the company is willing to pay Tom handsomely to build the tower. Connie and Tom, of course, think this is an answer to prayer. Whit isn't so sure, but after Tom meets with Mr. Dent, he agrees to allow them to build their tower. As the trucks begin to prepare the site for construction, the whole gang watches. Tom wonders if Whit still thinks he made the wrong decision. Whit says that he still isn't certain, but there's no point in second-guessing a decision that has already been made. They have to wait on God and see what this new adventure will hold.

Discussion Questions

  1. Why did Novacom's offer seem like an answered prayer to Tom and Connie?
  2. Why do you think Whit was wary of Novacom?
  3. What are some situations in the Bible where people acted when they weren't sure what God's will was?
    • What was the outcome of their situations?


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Harlow Doyle Connie Kendall
Ellen Shepard Tom Riley
Dale Jacobs Town Hall Clerk




Connie Kendall: You do have a suit, don't you?
Tom Riley: Connie, I was mayor. It was kinda required.
Connie Kendall: Oh, yeah, I remember that suit. Maybe we should try something from a recent decade.

John Whittaker: There's no point in second guessing the decision. It's done. Now all we can do is see how it plays out and have faith that even if we made a mistake that God will work through it.
Tom Riley: But we pay for our mistakes, Whit.
John Whittaker: I know, that's why I hope I'm wrong.

Aubrey Shepard: Ugh, I'll probably have to sell my blood or something.
Bethany Shepard: Ooh, Aubrey, that's a great one! I'll add it to my list, too!
Aubrey Shepard: What list?