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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Exotic (08/08/13)

TITLE: Facing an Exotic Foe
By Victoria Catron


Just as the lion jumped to enclose Phoebe’s head in powerful jaws her eyes popped open to shatter the dream with reality. The clock on her nightstand emitted a blue glow that radiated an hour too early for her to be up. Suddenly she remembered the verse in the Bible that said the devil was like a roaring lion seeking to devour people [1 Peter 5:8 KJV]. She then remembered the verse that says that God is greater than all that is in the world [1 John 4:4 KJV]. She prayed for protection, pulled her covers closer about her, and then slipped into peaceful sleep for a little longer.

After waking up again Phoebe couldn’t help but think of that horrible dream as she prepared for work. The lion was an exotic animal to an American but she hadn’t ever thought of the devil as being exotic. She carefully slipped outside to care for her animals before she left for the day. Though she knew she shouldn’t be fearful she still paid extra attention to her surroundings. She would need to look up that word exotic later in order to see if it somehow applied to the devil more than she realized.

A handful of hours later when Phoebe had a break in her work she pulled up the online Merriam-Webster Dictionary which gave four definitions for the word exotic:
“1. :introduced from another country: not native to the place where found
2. archaic: foreign, alien
3. :strikingly, excitingly, or mysteriously different or unusual
4. : of or relating to striptease ”*
Thinking for a bit she realized that: God didn’t design the earth for the devil to rule but instead humans chose his leadership. A good illustration in less important issues was like when Americans introduced foreign animals and plants into our natural habitats without knowing the full range of consequences. It would seem that the devil does fit into the first and/or second definitions quite smoothly. Looking at the second definition it comes to mind that often the devil may appear to be an angel of light [2 Corinthians 11:14 KJV] which is deceptive but could be exciting or mysterious since it’s of the spiritual realm . So it fit into the third definition in a sense as well. The last definition while not what I would desire to discuss could very well be like how the devil dangles sin in front of people, appealing to physical senses…. Yes, I think the devil is exotic… though I’d be careful in saying so… I wonder if others would agree.

*Author's note: Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. copyright 2013. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exotic

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/15/13
I always enjoy thought provoking pieces and this is certainly one of those, and I did enjoy. I like how you took the topic and thought outside of the box, Nice job.
Larry Whittington08/15/13
That was an interesting way you used a dream to move on into what you really wanted to talk about.

The devil might be considered exotic by all the changing means he approached us with temptations.

We have to ever be on guard.

Get ready for next week's writing.
Jodi Gardner08/17/13
I found your ability to verbally paint the picture of the dream amazing. I felt the power of the image. Great job!

I noticed some coma errors, but they did not distract from the content.
C D Swanson 08/19/13
This was different and intriguing. I enjoyed it so much. Thanks.

God bless~