Pondering the Journey 


Sam Whatley is the author of a Kindle book, Pondering the Journey, available on Amazon.com. His e-book is a collection of columns that first appeared in Journey magazine and was published as a paperback in 2002. Sam lives in Montgomery, AL.

Thursday, 05 March 2015 00:42

Dropping Batons

Written by Sam Whatley

I know very little about Track and Field events, but occasionally a story from the Olympics catches my attention. When I heard about the American baton drops in the 4x100 meter relay races in 2008 in Beijing, I was intrigued, but not by the mishap itself.

Tuesday, 03 February 2015 06:11

Horses, Chariots and Names

Written by Sam Whatley

About 3,000 years ago King David recorded in Psalm 20:7 something we instinctively know to be true, but find difficult to understand.  Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

Saturday, 03 January 2015 12:38

Lasting Letters

Written by Sam Whatley

In the 1950’s Pat Boone hit the charts with a record called “Love Letters in the Sand.” He lamented about being in love, writing love letters on the beach, and watching the tide wash them all away. He sang about his love being untrue and laughing at his sorrow. Girls across America loved the song, bought records, and made the young singer a celebrity.

Wednesday, 03 December 2014 11:41

The Real Answer for Ebeneezer Scrooge

Written by Sam Whatley

A popular story portrayed on stage and screen at Christmastime is Charles Dickens’ “The Christmas Carol.” Children delight in the colorful costumes and scariness of spirits flying around the room. The chain-laden ghost of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet to Come succeed in scaring the daylights out of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge ends up being a super nice guy, furnishing the ghost story with a happy ending.

Monday, 03 November 2014 16:45

The Note Unread

Written by Sam Whatley

Various versions of the following story have appeared in chess publications since 1897. No one knows if one, or the other, version is true, but the story’s lesson is worth remembering.

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 15:06

Two Wind Chimes

Written by Sam Whatley


There are different kinds of wind chimes. There are different kinds of Christians.


My wife and I had wanted wind chimes for years, but just never made them a priority. Then this past year we received two of them as gifts. We put the colorful one in the front yard for everyone to see. It resembles a 19th century hot air balloon, made with something that looks like red, yellow, and blue panes of curved glass. The bronze balloon basket is the circle that holds the wind chime mechanism together with tiny chains of bronze, hollow tubes of bronze, blue crystal balls and a white crystal pendant hanging from the bottom. It is captivating. So we put it just above eye level in a tree near the front door.


Tuesday, 02 September 2014 16:17

Post Office Mercy

Written by Sam Whatley


Many of us scratch our heads at the biblical statement that “… judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!” James 2:13


Sunday, 03 August 2014 14:42

Hidden from the Wise

Written by Sam Whatley


The Bible has some interesting comments about people who are wise in their own eyes. Consider this passage from I Corinthians 3:18-20:

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 14:36

Lilies in the Shade

Written by Sam Whatley


A line of Osage orange (mock orange) trees grows by our house. This line once separated a forty-acre field from its twenty-acre neighbor. Mock orange trees grow profusely and their limbs intertwine with others, creating a dense, leafy, mesh of long thorns and green balls. Over the past fifty years the fields have turned into houses and streets, and the sixty-foot giants now separate cul-de-sacs.

Monday, 02 June 2014 14:30

Blessed to Be a Blessing!

Written by Sam Whatley

I have known a few folks who were truly blessed to be a blessing. One was my mother. She loved supporting missionaries and pastors, even though she had very little money. Her eyes would shine when she talked of someone she knew who had made it their life’s work to spread the gospel of Christ in a remote country. But the effect on her did not stop with her eyes. She shared all she could whenever she could. One particular instance stands out in my memory.

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