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Topic: Like a Red Rag to a Bull (11/28/13)
TITLE: By Their Fruit You Will Recognize Them
By Dee Kyalo
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We are a couple of faith and we do believe in miracles. I will be honest with you, I was expecting a spectacular supernatural visit like this one: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth.” (Luke 1:13-14 NIV). But then that’s not how it happened. Instead, a rare opportunity had knocked on our door and we decided to grab it. Someone offered to pay for the total cost of the IVF procedure! Miracles do happen, I tell you.
To cut a long story short, when my wife was six months pregnant, life took a drastic turn. I received a very disturbing phone call from a man who identified himself as Dewayne. He stated that he had received some news and he felt he needed to share it with me.
“You don’t know me but your wife and my wife have the same doctor. I don’t know how to tell you this but has anyone called you from the doctor’s office?”
No one had called me and I was beginning to get nervous.
“What is this about?” I asked, practically chocking over the question.
“I’m surprised no one has contacted you but I’ll be straight with you man,” he said. “My wife is also pregnant. This is hard, man. Earlier today, we were informed that they accidentally fertilized your wife’s eggs with my sperm and basically your wife is carrying my child.” Dewayne announced.
I tried to sit down but I was already seated. My heart felt like it would explode. After years of waiting, this is the miracle I get? My emotions got the best of me and for a moment I ‘forgot’ I was born-again. I reverted to the foul mouthed truck driver that I once was.
“How dare you call my (blank) house? How the (blank) did you even get my confidential information? I am getting ready to sue somebody! You have no (blank) right to give me such news!” Oh I was exasperated!
“Listen. It doesn’t matter from whom you get the news; the important thing is that you get it.” The man didn’t know when to stop. To add insult to injury, he stated, “I just want to let you know I’ll not be paying any child support.” And like a red rag to a bull, he continued, “But honestly I’m a little concerned that with your kind of cursing, my child might not have a good upbringing.”
This was outrageous! I had had it! Who is this fool with an unbelievable anointing to annoy like this? Before I could find my next words to address his last statement, I hear him say, “Sir, you’re on XYYZ live radio show and we are here with your wife, Cassie and you just got pranked!”
What a relief! Nevertheless, I can’t help but wonder, suppose it was real, would my foul language solve anything? Suppose I was standing face to face with Dewayne, would his face still be intact? Suppose that was the case, would I accept the child as the miracle I had been waiting for? This incident just revealed to me a scary side of myself that should have been buried a long time ago. We Christians must be aware that we are recognized by our fruits (Matthew 7:16). Since then, I have become more conscious of this truth. Friend, when pushed to the edge, how do you react?
(Genesis 21:1-6, Judges 13:2-24, 1 Samuel 1:6-20, Luke 1:5-25)
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