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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Sizzle (05/02/13)

TITLE: Foolish Moth
By Linda Rogers


The gentlest breeze causes the flame to flicker and brighten in the darkness. The lone candle casts its light in all directions into the night. Silently hunting for food in the safety of the darkness, a moth suddenly detects the bright little light. Why does the moth stop hunting and immediately swerve toward the taunting light? It dances closer and closer, with swirling loops and then it lunges toward the light in an inexplicable dive toward danger. The moth often initially passes close enough to slightly singe its wings in a close strike to the beautiful orange and blue flame pulsing with brilliance. Yet, the foolish insect can’t resist the temptation and is completely absorbed with the tempting tongues of dancing light. Within seconds, the moth lines up for a straight-on dive into the deadly flame and shoots forward without hesitation. In a brief moment, the whisper of the sizzle gives an audible testimony to the moth’s demise. Death is instantaneous for the fragile insect as it plunges into the torrid heat of the candle.

The moth is a nocturnal insect, hunting by night under the cover of darkness and subsequently hiding by day to avoid being consumed by a bird. If daylight represents a danger to the moth, normally prompting it to hide in the safety of a tree or shrub by day, why would it be drawn to the light in the darkness? Who can explain this apparent contradiction of self-preservation? Although many highly-educated entomologists claim that it’s a case of evolution gone awry, a short-circuit to the moth’s experience of navigating by pinpoints of starlight in the distance….this explanation is unacceptable to the believer in divine creation. Even simple logic proposes that the heat of the flame should drive the moth away following an initial near miss and the slight singe of its wings. Yet, the foolish insect drives back again and again with intensity, until the searing fire destroys it with a brief malevolent hiss. That sudden sizzle is the near-silent sound of irreversible destruction.

Can a man be drawn likewise to a temptation or sin that will completely and utterly destroy him? Scripture says in Proverbs 22:3 that “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.” How many times have we seen a man drawn to a sinful temptation with such reckless intensity that he loses his family, his self-respect, or even his very life? Like the moth, a man is simply going about his normal business when the temptation presents itself — flickering with brilliance and dancing in the breeze. It may be an illicit affair, a forbidden thrill, an addictive behavior, or an opportunity for ill-gotten gain. Whatever the sin, in the back of his mind, he knows there is real danger. But on his own, a man simply can’t control the impulse to plunge directly into it.

Without the protection and wisdom found only in a vibrant relationship with the omnipotent Lord and Savior, any of us can be helplessly drawn toward pleasures and temptations that lead only to that sudden, deadly sizzle. Paul warned the believers in Rome about the dangers of conceding to the many worldly pleasures that surrounded them. In Romans 12:2 he wrote “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is— his good, pleasing and perfect will.” O Lord, please remind me often of the foolishness of the moth…diving toward the deadly flame instead of seeking rest and protection. Help me to keep my eyes on You and away from the temptation which so easily besets me!

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dub W05/11/13
First, let me say, Moths are positively phototactic. Meaning they have an automatic response system the draws them to a light. While I don't like the thought of being automatically and thoughtlessly going through life, your point is well taken ... and well presented. Good Job. Keep writing.
C D Swanson 05/11/13
Nice analogy reference between "foolish man" and "foolish moth" - An interesting and metaphorical insight that's nicely tied to an important message. Well done!

God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/12/13
This is a great devotion. I loved the moth reference. You then did a great job of delivering your message. I also really liked the prayer too.
lynn gipson 05/16/13
Congrats on first place and that ever loved EC! You are on fire girl!
Vince Martella05/16/13
First place and EC; well done. I look forward to more of your writing. Congrats!
Judith Gayle Smith05/16/13
Rivetting. You had me being that poor moth at the beginning. Sin is so easy, thoughtless and deceptive. I agree with you totally. We are captivated by sweet bright promises that lead us away from the brilliance that is God. Praying for all us moths . . .

Olawale Ogunsola05/18/13
Thanks for this reminder of the danger of foolishness. Foolishness destroys. Congrats for your 5th EC placing.
Bea Edwards 05/20/13
Fantastic devotional and sage advise. Well done -congratulations on your first win.