Twisting Pathway

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#492: “Twisting Pathway”
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February 13, 2002
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Proverbs 14:14

14The faithless will be fully repaid for their ways, and the good man rewarded for his.

Proverbs 16:1-33
1To man belong the plans of the heart, but from the LORD comes the reply of the tongue.

2All a man's ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the LORD. 3Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. 4The LORD works out everything for his own ends-- even the wicked for a day of disaster. 5The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished. 6Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the LORD a man avoids evil. 7When a man's ways are pleasing to the LORD, he makes even his enemies live at peace with him. 8Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice. 9In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps. 10The lips of a king speak as an oracle, and his mouth should not betray justice. 11Honest scales and balances are from the LORD; all the weights in the bag are of his making. 12Kings detest wrongdoing, for a throne is established through righteousness. 13Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value a man who speaks the truth. 14A king's wrath is a messenger of death, but a wise man will appease it. 15When a king's face brightens, it means life; his favor is like a rain cloud in spring. 16How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver! 17The highway of the upright avoids evil; he who guards his way guards his life. 18Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. 19Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud. 20Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD. 21The wise in heart are called discerning, and pleasant words promote instruction. 22Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it, but folly brings punishment to fools. 23A wise man's heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction. 24Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. 25There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. 26The laborer's appetite works for him; his hunger drives him on. 27A scoundrel plots evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire. 28A perverse man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close friends. 29A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good. 30He who winks with his eye is plotting perversity; he who purses his lips is bent on evil. 31Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life. 32Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.

33The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.

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Twisting Pathway

“Twisting Pathway” is episode #492 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by John Fornof, and originally aired on May 18, 2002.


When Mr. Charles makes demands that Kevin Colburn finds uncomfortable, his daughter, Erica, takes things into her own hands.


For Erica Colburn, it seems to be another typical day of waiting for her father, Kevin Colburn, to finish work at Novacom. However, when she accidentally pushes an intercom button, she overhears Mr. Charles demand that her father get the Imagination Station in one week. Erica decides it will be her mission to get information for her father.

Over at Whit's End, Aubrey Shepard has been hired back. Nick Mulligan is showing her around the shop again when he chokes on his tongue after seeing Erica come in. Erica wants to talk to Aubrey, however. She asks her forgiveness, but also asks about the Imagination Station. Aubrey says it's locked up, so Erica leaves. Aubrey cautions Nick about Erica, but Nick later agrees to show Erica the Imagination Station that night.

That evening, Erica finds that her dad doesn't want her help with the project. He tells her to stay out of it. Instead, Erica goes back to Whit's End where Nick shows her the Imagination Station and the secret tunnel entrance to the shop. Erica takes this information to Mr. Charles and makes a deal - she'll help him get the Imagination Station if her dad can keep his job. Charles agrees.

Soon after, Whit gets a call that some vandals threw a rock through a Whit's End Connellsville window. He leaves Aubrey to close the shop. In short order, Erica arrives and asks to talk to Aubrey in a quiet place. Before Aubrey knows it, the two of them end up locked in the library! When Whit returns, he frees the girls and Erica leaves abruptly. Whit looks around the shop only to find the Imagination Station has been stolen from the basement! As the police arrive and search the place, Whit tells Aubrey that he believes the two of them were duped as part of a plan.

As if in confirmation, Charles tells Kevin Colburn that they got the Imagination Station and they didn't need his help. Kevin returns home to tell his daughter that he was fired and they have to leave town immediately. Her plan failed.

Discussion Questions

  1. Erica wanted to help her dad keep his job, but went about it in the wrong way. What could she have done instead?
    • Why aren't "good intentions" enough?
  2. Proverbs 14:14 says, "The faithless will be fully repaid for their ways." How did Erica pay for her misdeeds?
    • Do you know people who think they can get away with the bad things they do?
      • Why do you suppose they think that?
  3. Aubrey made a mistake by not setting the alarm, but she admitted it and didn't make excuses. Have you ever tried to cover up a mistake?
    • What happened?
    • How would honesty have been better?


Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
Aubrey Shepard Danielle Judovits
Bennett Charles Jess Harnell
Erica Colburn Lawren Donahue
John Whittaker Paul Herlinger
Kevin Colburn Corey Burton
Kid at Whit's End Unknown
Maria Colburn Dyana Ortelli
Nick Mulligan Chris Castile
Thomas Steve Bridges

Mentioned in episode

Character Mentioned By
Connie Kendall Aubrey Shepard


  • In this episode's closing wrap, Chris says, “…hoping you’ll join us again for our next show!” instead of her usual “…hoping you’ll join us again for another Adventure in Odyssey!



Aubrey Shepard: Mr. Whittaker, what's wrong?
John Whittaker: I have to call the police!
Aubrey Shepard: The police?! What happened?
John Whittaker: S-someone—someone stole the Imagination Station!

Aubrey Shepard: It was my fault this happened.
John Whittaker: It wasn't your fault. I think we were both duped as part of a plan. But you know what, Aubrey? I'm proud of you.
Aubrey Shepard: Y-you are?
John Whittaker: Well, you didn't lie or make up excuses. You were willing to take responsibility. I don't think you would have done that a couple of weeks ago. You're on a good path now, and I can see the difference.