Inspirational thoughts and random writings from the alumni and friends of Quad-Cities Christian Writers Conference.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


By Sharon Wilhite

It was winter in the 1940's as the four boys took off for an afternoon of adventure on ice skates exploring the frozen vastness of the Lake Michigan shoreline. Hours into their fun, terror settled in as blowing snow created white out conditions. Too cold to stay out on the ice without moving until visibility returned, the boys debated which direction was home - each confident his decision was the right one. However, only ONE direction was the RIGHT one; three others would lead them miles away to an icy death far from home. The oldest, a boy scout, convinced the others that only his compass would faithfully point them in the right direction - not their own instincts.
Continually checking their progress against the needle pointing north, they eventually arrived safely back at their own shoreline.
The old gentleman relating the story slowly draws a box out of his pocket, opens it, revealing the original compass used in his tale; a sixty year old reminder of the meaning of "trust."
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths." Proverbs 3:5,6


  1. Very encouraging. Your story brings deeper meaning to that verse for me. Thanks!

  2. Sharon,

    Isn't it great that not only is Jesus the Way, but He also gives us directions on how to take that route too?