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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Like a Red Rag to a Bull (11/28/13)

TITLE: By Their Fruit You Will Recognize Them
By Dee Kyalo


My wife and I had been trying to conceive for slightly more than a decade to no avail. We had discussed at length the idea of In Vitro fertilization but we knew the cost was way beyond our means and so we trusted God for a miracle. After all, Abraham and Sarah did not have to do anything artificial to conceive. Manoah’s wife, Samson’s mother, had the privilege of being visited by an angel not once but twice to provide details of her upcoming pregnancy. Hannah, Prophet Samuel’s mother earnestly prayed for a child and God heard her prayer. Zechariah and Elizabeth also had angelic visitation announcing the birth of their son John. All these very incredible stories gave us hope and kept us going over our years of childlessness.

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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Nancy Bucca12/05/13
Oh wow, that's some story! A bit far fetched (like some of mine), but very creative. The unexpected twist - "You're on XYZ... radio show" made me laugh. So clever! It totally surprised me. Great point about not ruining our witness, AND about not trusting everyone who calls you on the phone. Our family has had our share of prank calls, one purporting to be from a doctor's office. It can really make you "see red" until you realize, "Hey! I recognize that voice!"

The humor in this piece alone makes it a winner in my book. Thanks so much for sharing!
C D Swanson 12/06/13
Clever, unique, out of the box fresh approach to the topic at hand...and extremly entertaining along with a pertinent and prolific message at the end.

Excellent work here!!!

God bless~
Wilma Schlegel12/06/13
This is a great story, an excellent sharing in brave honesty and I have to say what a fitting title - Your child him/herself, the child your prankster was concerned for and of course the fruit produced by living a Christ-led life: three ways your title works!
Toni Babcock 12/10/13
Very creative approach to grab the readers interest from the start, with a thought provoking conclusion. I felt the cruel hoax played on you was as bad or worse then the expletives you impulsively bleeped out in a wounded rage. (I hope folks were genuinely sorry for this prank, and apologized!) Only one spelling error I noticed: chocked is spelled choked.
Brenda Rice 12/11/13
You got to me with this one. Very creative. Well done.
Sandra Renee Hicks 12/13/13
Hi -

This story sure did engage. I thought it was true. Phew!
Thank you for the lesson and helpful reminder.