domingo rogers: Capturing Life in the Fullest

Why did the fox cross the road?

I had just recently bought a car that I liked a lot and was at this point still separated from my wife. I had a couple of days before I was about to put down a deposit for a nice two bedroom apartment and was for all appearances excited about my life. Inside though, Christ was working in me and He would show this in a very interesting way one particular morning as I was driving to work.

I must digress for a moment though and explain some background. This was the second time that my wife and I had separated because of my indiscretions. I had this time been spending my nights alone. My parents had been gracious enough to allow me to reside basically at a location that I should not have been staying at. Nothing illegal mind you, just probably against certain lease agreements.

During this period I had a lot of time to read and think. God had a lot of time for me to have little to do but have a listening ear to His voice as well. I tried to fight it, but as demonstrated with Jacob wrestling with God, Genesis 32:23-34, God had the upper hand (pun unintended). Much of the work that God was doing in my life I truly believe was because of the prayer that my beautiful wife, even in the darkest moments of the storm, kept offering up in faith and in love to my Father above. And she let me know she was doing so and I kept telling her to stop. It was pointless, or so I wanted her to believe. But, she didn’t. It just made her pray all the more for me! On one of the days that we arranged to meet so that I could spend time with our five kids she even gave me the book by Josh Hamilton, Beyond Belief, along with a copy of the service that some of my friends from our local church, Hope Community Church, had recorded. At the time she gave it to me I was frankly angry that she done this for me and told her she was stupid for doing so. Needless to say she didn’t appreciate that. What do you know? Two weeks later I was reading it and shortly after reading it the fox ran across the road as I was heading to work.

That morning I woke up at my normal time of 6:30am. I had thrown on my clothes after rolling off the couch, brushed my teeth, folded up my sleeping bag and stashed it and my pillow behind the couch and the love seat that I had been calling “my pad.”

I took US 1 out of Apex instead of my usual route of driving the back streets. My commute of less than 10 minutes was uneventful until I was on the main street leading into my office complex in Cary, North Carolina. Out of the corner of my left eye I saw a streak of red come out from the woods. It was a slim, sleek fox! It was so cool looking. The auburn coat and white underbelly, it’s tail strait out as it ran! I had never seen a fox outside of a museum, zoo or dead on the side of the road. It darted across my driving path and other commuters, as well as myself, were forced to brake so as not to hit it. The fox survived the crossing and I continued on my way wondering how many times the fox had and would try to make the crossing of this road and others in it’s territory.

As I was pulling into my parking place, God in no uncertain terms spoke to me. It wasn’t a voice booming out of the clouds but it was His voice! How many times are you going to stray from that which I have blessed you? How many close calls will you have to witness before you realize that I am protecting you, even when you are straying from me. The fast lane of this World offers much but it can take much from you. Stop straying out into the road that the World has to offer! I have so much more to give to you but you must make the choice to come back to Me!

Hearing this was almost too much for me to handle. I prayed then and there, repenting for my selfish actions, my self centered lustful thoughts, my focus on me and no one else. The prayer wasn’t on my knees, it was an internal crying out to God as a re-dedication of my life to His will. Shortly after walking into my office building and heading to the gym area to take a shower and change into my work clothes, I was on the phone with my wife. It was a call I hadn’t thought I would ever have made. It was a phone call of apology, of an earnest plea to allow me to fight for our love. It was a cry to her that I was serious about the marriage vows that I had made, but for most of our marriage didn’t take seriously. I was done with blaming her and saying if “You hadn’t done ___ I wouldn’t have done ____!” I was ready to rededicate my love to her and to our family. I was ready to show her through my actions that things would be different. It was a call that changed my life and it goes to show you that when God works in someones life, things can change drastically and dramatically!

A couple days later I took the US 1 route to work. As I approached the area I had seen the fox dart across the road I saw it again! This time though it was dead. How pleased was I to have the realization that I was back where God intended for me to be. That my journey with Him was reestablished. I knew the work ahead of me to right the wrong to those that I hurt would be difficult but I knew that all things are possible with God who gives me strength! Matthew 19:26

So my brothers and sisters in Christ, do not give up on those that you pray for. Do not waiver in your faith that He who knows all things and directs the very symphony of the universe will work in your life and the lives that you pray for. I do implore you in this. Do not allow yourself to be manipulated or cast down by those members, perhaps even those in your very family. Connect with those Believers around you and find those that you may trust. Gather together and pray that God would lead you in the path that He wants for your life and trust Him to work in the lives of those that may have even done you wrong. Even in writing this I pray for you that I don’t know and for those that you pray for.

  • This is an awesome story. I heard it the other day and just wanted to stop in a read it again. This is powerful and will encourage many people. Thanks for sharing.

  • Great story!!! Thank you again!

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