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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Smell (the sense of smell) (07/29/10)

TITLE: The Stench of Slavery
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08/01/10


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Boy meets girl. Sweetness surrounds the young bride as her 24 years of patience adorn his left hand, in one diamond-encrusted, gold loop of love. The crisp and clean ambiance not mistaken, mourning florals hang the air of their newlywed chambers.

The misery to follow in the next three months is one of pain for both partners. A life dedicated to the other is now tossed aside as the boy seeks and claims a holy discernment. Lies breathe he picked the wrong girl. The courts he asks to prove it so. Amid tragedy, a fragrant hope propels the girl in her faith.

Satan is described as the prince of the air. What is masked in the air is done so with intention by earth's ruling assailant. Only believers can detect the difference. The enemy fathoms what good things await the couple, and plans a ruse that leads his nose astray.

All of his life, the boy's noble comings and goings invite an influence he is unaware of. He exists as a tool for God, an overwhelming threat to the enemy. The legalistic scent the lad knows from childhood, unfortunately, keeps him enslaved into adulthood. Could it be his highest hopes and righteous indignation weren't at all for true hope or righteous for that matter? The enemy deceives and threatens to sabotage what God intends for His purposes.

As human beings we often think our ways radiate a virtuous and upright fragrance. When the veil is torn, we know better. After awareness comes a decision, to accept or decline an invitation to live with the creator of the lilies.

But when the enemy influences and penetrates deep enough, the olfactory senses are handicapped. The boy knew not he smelled of slavery, because this perceiving ability was surrendered by default when the invitation went unanswered. But the bride knew, and prayed daily for his soul.

Swept up in the waters of Life, God lays our former body to rest and gives us a new life in Him. As we exist in His Word, our spiritual senses become sharp as a double-edged sword. This flows into the physical realm and compliments life's callings. May this boy and every boy witness the gardenia-like qualities in God's chosen partner for him.


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/06/10
You make some really good points, but at times I had difficulty understanding what you were trying to say. Possibly using more details and giving concrete examples would have helped me. But I like the passion you have, that definitely came across in your words. Keep Writing!