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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Ow! (01/07/10)

TITLE: The Predator
By Frances Seymour


I’ve never seen anything like it! There is a huge owl hanging out in the thick forest in front of my house. When I first saw him, he was perched in a tree right in front of my living room window. I thought perhaps he was a cat or a fat squirrel because of his extraordinary size. But then as I looked closer, I could see the pointed shape of the eyes as he turned his head for me to catch a glimpse of his face. This bird was huge and quite grand in color with long brown hair—not feathers!

As soon as I figured out what he was and was quite positive of my observation, excitedly I called my husband over to check him out! What a treat for both of us, since we’d never seen an owl up that close and personal.

I decided to do a little investigating, so I went online to search for information on the owl and his habits. I learned that the owl is quite a predator. He was probably perched on that limb, preening himself, all the while hopeful that a smaller animal would happen by. If so, he could easily swoop down and attack with his huge talons.

The owl attacks his prey from the air and catches them completely off guard; swooping down and hitting them with such force during the attack that the victim is suddenly caught by surprise and pronounced dead by the force of impact—instantly!

I thought about this huge bird all evening and decided that as big as he was, my big fat cat might be quite an appetizing meal for this beast of the forest. Matter of fact, I noticed that Stubby did not have much desire to venture outside lately, which was completely out of character for him.

Stubby loved the outdoors, as he obviously thought of himself as king of the hill. He was a big,black long-haired Main Coon Cat. Stubby could be quite the predator, himself. He only ventured in the house at meal time; mainly to disrupt my inside cat’s homey comforts with his presence.

I have to think that animals are pretty smart and that my Stubby cat was well aware of a threatening force out there. So aware in fact, that he decided that the safest place to be was on the inside of the house. I believe that there is a built-in mechanism that God gives to all animals—to warn them of unsuspecting dangers. However, you and I know that all it takes is one slip up or denial of impending danger and slam; we too, can be caught in its taunt jowls.

There are predators everywhere—all around us. They happen by in many shapes and sizes and can even be held in attractive packaging. However, as human beings, we must beware of all things and even of people that appear to be ‘too good to be true.’ You may discover that they are only imposters of what you had envisioned.

Don’t get side-tracked by the cares and concerns of this world. There are many enticing distractions out there that on the surface appear to be okay, but if you look a deeper, you will see that what you thought might be good is only a vice—a trap set by the enemy.

Be careful when you venture out and remember, Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8

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Joy Bach 01/14/10
I believe this is an "oops". Had to grin as I read it. Very good.
Karlene Jacobsen01/17/10
Getting caught by the predator can certainly lead to great pain and many "OW" moments.
Lollie Hofer01/18/10
This could have been chapter out of Beth Moore's book "Get Out Of That Pit." Not because you plagerized but because you made the same point she did in the chapter I read this morning. In making your point, I enjoyed your illustration just as much as hers. I think God is using you and Beth Moore to get a message across to me. Thanks for sharing.