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Previous Challenge Entry (EDITOR'S CHOICE)
Topic: Curiosity Killed the Cat (10/10/13)

TITLE: No Man is a Cat
By Dave Walker
10/17/13
~8th Place


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From a distance, it was hard to make it out. It seemed as though the bush was alive with orange blooms that danced and glimmered in the sunlight. Curious, he moved closer. Then it was apparent the bush was on fire. He hurried, now, wondering who could be here with him when he thought he was alone; and why had he set the bush alight? Was it to gain his attention? The flames leaped high in the air but to his astonishment, there was no crackle of exploding twigs; no leaves curling and withering in the heat. His curiosity thoroughly aroused Moses drew close -- and had a personal encounter with the living God.

She rushed into the village in the middle of the day, calling to the people. It was so out of character for her, that the villagers were curious. Of course, one had to be cautious with what she said. A woman of her reputation couldn't have anything good to say. And it didn't do one's own reputation much good to speak to her too long. But still.............. she seemed so self assured, not defensive, freely acknowledging her past, yet not cowering in the least. "Come," she said, "come and see someone who told me everything I have ever done." If they had been her they would have wanted to avoid someone like that, given all that she'd done. Yet she wanted them to see him. Their curiosity overcame their reserve and they followed her to the well -- and met Jesus.

In 1934 the young son of a farmer was persuaded by a farmworker to attend a nearby tent crusade. As he listened to the gospel message, his curiosity was aroused and he went again and again. Finally, at one of Mordecai Ham's meetings, he bowed his knee to Jesus -- and Billy Graham was born again.

Disillusioned with God after the death of my brother in a car accident and the subsequent death of his wife from a sudden illness, I attended church sporadically. At a service, the preacher announced that Christ Healing Fellowship would be holding a series of meetings where they would pray for the sick. Curious to know what really happened at these gatherings and confident that I, as a doctor, would be able to see whether people really were healed, I attended. Overcome by the spirit of love that filled the place, I forgot my agenda and stayed behind for prayer, expressing my disappointment with a God who allowed bad things to happen to good people. That was the start of a journey that led me, four days later, to a personal encounter with the living God and changed my life forever.

"It is the glory of God, to conceal a matter," says Solomon, "To search out a matter is the glory of kings." God keeps secrets half-hidden, revealing just enough to tantalise. Those whose interest is sufficiently aroused to seek the answers are rewarded with a crown of righteousness, becoming heirs of the Kingdom.

Curiosity may kill the cat, but to man it is a glorious hook whereby God woos him to Himself without violating his free will.

No, it is not curiosity that kills man, but the very opposite. When we fail to ask, "Why?" from apathy -- not caring, or presumption -- thinking we know better, we lose out on the very truths that bring life and set us free.

God goes to great pains to preserve our free will, all the while tempting us to be curious and seek out the answers.

I wonder why He should go to so much trouble to entice us to Himself? I'm curious. I'll have to look into it further.

Accept Jesus as Your Savior Right Now and be Certain of Eternal Life.

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Wilma Schlegel 10/17/13
Loved your title, it drew me in. Your story has me thinking, too. Good food for thought.
Virgil Youngblood 10/18/13
Outstanding. Thanks for the examples of biblical curiosity and the dividend that came when that curiosity was satisfied. I enjoyed reading this.
Ellen Carr 10/19/13
I enjoyed your biblical examples of curiosity, your own testimony and your commentary about how God encourages us to be curious. I like how you said "God goes to great pains to preserve our free will, all the while tempting us to be curious and seek out the answers." So true. Well done!
Camille (C D) Swanson 10/21/13
I simply loved this multi-layered piece. It held a prolific message while it made the reader delve in a myriad of thoughts.

Nicely done!

God bless~
Camille (C D) Swanson 10/24/13
Congratulations! God bless~
Charla Diehl 10/29/13
This piece nailed the topic from start to finish. I especially like how you pointed out how curiosity led people to Jesus--in Bible times as well as our times. Nice tie in. Congrats on placing 8th on the EC list with this great entry.
Bea Edwards 10/31/13
Yours was my favorite entry of all.
The way you illustrated several 'curious encounters' including your own, as a springboard for your insightful conclusion spoke to my heart!