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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Rattled (05/09/13)

TITLE: Baby Toys and Snakes
By Ramona Cook
05/10/13


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The lessons we learn for the living of our lives depends upon where we live.
Practices that are perfectly reasonable in one locality may seem totally ridiculous to those living in another region.

Information provided for living in a city will not be altogether applicable to those living in the country. We learn to survive and to protect our survival based upon the availability of the things needed for survival and upon the dangers that are found in the location in which we live.

Our Father took us into the heavily wooded mountains in which we lived and played, and there he taught us the things we needed to know about survival. He taught us how to find civilization if we got lost and were unable to find the way home. He instructed us which barks and berries we may eat and those that were poisonous to us. He taught us to listen carefully, to be aware of sounds and of smells, which was critical because of the poisonous snakes in that region.

We learned that if we smelled cucumbers in those mountains that there was certainly a Copperhead snake nearby; if we heard a rattling sound we could know that a Rattlesnake was near. He instructed us how to confuse a swarm of bees that were on attack so that we would not be stung to death. Daddy taught us all the things he knew to assure that we may survive in the part of the world in which we were living.

A child living in the city does not need to know such information. We did not need to know such things as how to cross the busy street, few were the cars we saw, and the roads were not paved.

However, while there are differences in regions of habitation, and the necessary information for survival in that location varies, we all have a commonality of experience and a need for the same information for survival in this world.

Similarly for you and for me has Our Heavenly Father taught us about survival in this world that we share in common without regard to region. He has given to us 66 Books to read for instruction; He has given us His Holy Spirit to instruct us and many angels to assist us, if only we will listen and be watchful.

It is imperative to listen to them closely because our enemies are intent upon our destruction and demise. Satan and his cohorts are "deceivers" and are constantly and busily engaged waiting to strike: we must therefore know the difference between the sounds of rattling made by a baby toy or those made by a snake.

Eph. 5:15 "See then that you walk circumspectly and not as fools, but as wise," "Be sober, be vigilant," I Peter 5:8; because we can be deceived unless we are astute and on guard.


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Sunny Loomis 05/22/13
I thought the first mention of father was God, because it was capitalized. But then God came in later. Good story. Thank you.
Joanne Sher 05/22/13
Really liked the analogy. Thanks for sharing!
Judith Gayle Smith05/22/13
Gripping! I won't smell a cucumber without recalling this excellent article . . .
CD Swanson 05/22/13
Good story! I really liked this! God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/22/13
This is a wonderful devotion. I really liked how you started with the real life explanation that so many of us can understand. Some of your sentences felt a bit formal, more like an essay than a friend sharing a revelation. I think if you vary your sentence structures some it might make a difference. For example the opening line could go like this: Depending on where we live, God teaches us the lessons we need to survive.
I know that may seem like a tiny thing but it helps keep the reader invested. Your message is a great one and you really made me stop and think. Sadly some may call it evolution, but you showed it really is because we have a father who loves us so much and shows his love with things just like you described. Great job