Emma struggled with his thoughts, he could literally hear himself argue back and forth. It had been four days since he saw Favour but the struggle in his mind wasn’t pertaining to Favour but his past. He had always appeared like the perfect gentleman but now, before the only True God as he took out time to pray about Favour and what was beginning to conspire between them, he could hear God tell him to open up completely to her.
‘Things cannot be built on falsehood’ he heard the Holy Spirit tell him. ‘You mustn’t build on a faulty foundation’ He added. Emma’s Bible which was beside his journal and pen on a table was opened to the first chapter of James. He was reading through before he got arrested by the Holy Spirit at verse 17 which says ‘Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven. The gifts are rivers of light cascading down from the Father of light. There is nothing deceitful in God, nothing two-faced, nothing fickle’ The Message translation.
‘Hmmm there is nothing deceitful in God, the Lord of all truth. Favour needs to know the whole truth’. He reasoned aloud. He prayed ‘Lord please give me the grace to open up to her and please give her the grace to take it well. If she really is the desirable and beneficial gift from You, Lord please don’t let me loose her. He had not felt more hopeful in his life.
Favour, on the other hand, had been having a hard time getting anything concrete from God. All she kept hearing Him say was ‘be patient, I’m working things out for your good’. A particular scripture repeatedly dropped in her heart. It was 2 Corinthians 5;17 which says ‘Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away behold all things have become new’.
She had always known that scripture ever since she gave her life to Christ. She loved it because it was the tool she used against the devil whenever he brought condemning thoughts her way. But she didn’t understand why in recent times, it repeatedly dropped in her spirit.
‘Father, take the wheel’ she said. Whatever this is about, please just take control’ she prayed as she stood up from her knees, the position she loved to take whenever she wanted to pray.
It was Thursday morning, she had not seen Emma since Sunday but they had spoken briefly every day for the past four days. She knew she missed him but was cautious in relating with him. she knew she had to be careful not to allow emotions cloud her judgment and also not to appear desperate or too forward. So decided not be the one to initiate any conversation.
Back to Emma. He wondered if he should call Favour to tell her he had something important to talk to her about or wait till they met on Sunday. Without wasting much time, he picked his phone and after the second ring, Favour picked up.
‘Hi Emma, how have you been?’ she asked
‘Been good dear. You?’ he asked
‘I’ve been good too. So what’s up?’ she asked wanting to know if there any specific reason for the call.
Emma tried to suppress his level of apprehension which he could feel rising ‘errr Favour, there is something important I’ll like to talk to you about. I know we agreed we’ll see on Sunday but it’s pretty urgent’ he paused to see if he’ll get any response from her
‘ok…’ she dragged it as she wondered what could possibly be that urgent. ‘When and where will you like us to meet?’
‘Is 5pm today ok? Same restaurant?’
‘Yeah its fine’
‘Alright then, see you in the evening’
Favour couldn’t help but wonder what Emma wanted to talk to her about. She thought of so many possibilities.
‘Does he want to ask me out? Am I even ready for that? God hasn’t given me a go ahead or anything concrete to hold on to. Lord what can this be about?’
She didn’t get a response perhaps because she wasn’t exactly expecting any or because God didn’t want to be the one to leak Emma’s secret.
Favour arrived the restaurant by 5 on the dot. She got in and met Emma already sited. He looked calm but she could tell there was something on his mind, something was obviously bothering him.
‘Hi Emma, sorry for keeping you waiting. There was a little traffic’ she said with a smile.
‘Hey Favour. No problem at all’ he said with a smile as he stood up and gave her a slight hug.
‘How has your day been?’ she asked as she took her sit.
‘Good. Was indoors till this evening’ he tried hard to cover up his anxiety which was beginning to build. He sighed deeply.
‘Are you ok, is something bothering you? Why did you sigh so heavily?’ she asked with concern.
Knowing that the time had finally come to let it out, he said ‘Favour there is something you need to know’
Favour couldn’t wait to hear what it was ‘ok…I’m all ears’
‘Favour, I want you to know that I’m not the kind of guy that beats around the bush or toils with ladies emotions. I’m intentional about my dealings especially when it comes to the opposite sex. These past few days, I’ve been really careful not to say or do anything irresponsible. The truth is really like you. There is this strong attraction I have towards you and it’s not just because you are beautiful or have a lovely shape, it’s beyond that. Your love for God trips me, you have a golden heart and a cheerful spirit’. He paused and tried to read the expression on Favour’s face. It was priceless, her smile lightened the whole place. That should have encouraged him but he knew he had not yet said all that was on his mind. He prayed he’ll still be able to get that smile when he was done talking.
Favour obviously liked the sweet words she heard coming from him. She, however, wanted to be sure where he was going.
‘Since the day we met, not a day has gone by without me talking to God about you cos I didn’t want to lead you on wrongly. I don’t buy into the ‘trial and error’ dating thing, so I had to be 100% sure what God was saying’. He paused and said ‘Favour, I love you’ looking straight into her eyes, not missing words.
Favour didn’t see that coming. She was shocked to her bones. She didn’t know how to react or what to say. A thousand and one thoughts ran through her mind at the same time. ‘Am I dreaming? Is this really happening?’ she thought to herself.
Emma didn’t wait for Favour to speak but continued ‘I love you and want to start a relationship with you, a relationship aimed at marriage’.
Favour froze in her sit, still speechless.
‘And just if you are wondering, I have prayed about it and I’m so convinced you are God’s gift to me. You can take your time to pray about it too but first there is something about me you need to know.’ He sighed and his countenance fell.
Favour noticed it and became concerned. ‘Emma what is it?’ she asked
‘My past. I have a terrible past that I am not proud of, I did things I deeply regret’ he looked down, then looked back up and continued speaking ‘I know God has forgiven me but it’s also important I tell you the whole truth and keep nothing from you. I met Christ in 300 level but before then I lived a wayward life in school. I had a girlfriend who got pregnant for me and decided to keep the pregnancy so as I speak to you, I have a ten-year-old son. His name is Boluwatife. He lives with his mother but I cater for his welfare’.
Favour listened to all he had to say. Instead of feeling disappointed, she felt rather pleased that he opened up to her. Again, the scripture 2 Corinthians 5:17 dropped in her spirit. ‘Holy Spirit, so that’s why t hat scripture has been coming repeatedly’ she thought within her.
‘Emma, I don’t have the words to describe how I feel right now’. She said with a smile. ‘So much has been said, but let me first say that I appreciate your honesty and openness. You obviously had a bad past but if God doesn’t hold it against you then who am I to do such?’
Emma gave a sigh of relief as a gentle smile broke out on his face. ‘Thank you’ he said and allowed her to continue speaking
Looking a bit shy and with a smile, she went on ‘with regards to your desire for us to start a relationship, just give me sometime’. Then she added with a smile ‘don’t worry I won’t keep you hanging for too long’.
Emma chuckled and felt a sense of relief. He knew the burden of his past was lifted and silently prayed it won’t alter her decision about the relationship.
‘Can you imagine? We haven’t even placed our order. I’m just beginning to feel the hunger pangs now’ he said
‘Me too’ she took the menu from the table while Emma signaled to the waiter. They placed their orders, ate and left.
Two Sundays later, with days to Emma’s return trip, Favour told him that she would like them to hang out after church. They decided to go to park which was about an hour’s drive from church. Favour parked her car in church and they went together in Emma’s car.
As they took a stroll in the park holding their popcorn and ice cream, Favour stopped and looked at Emma.
‘Emmanuel’ she called his name in full. ‘I’ve spent the last few days thinking and praying about what you said the other day’
Emma’s heart beat gradually increased.
‘I’m willing and ready to start this journey with you and God will be our foundation not our past. We are going to put the past behind us and start afresh’ she smiled
Emma had never felt such joy. He was speechless. He looked straight into her eyes with a smile beaming all over his face ‘Thank you, thank you so much Favour. You are indeed God’s gift to me. I love you so much’
Favour smiled ‘I love you too’ she said softly.
Emma couldn’t believe his ears ‘is this really happening?’ He was so excited. ‘Let’s commit our relationship into God’s hand. He said a word of prayer and Favour responded with ‘amen’.
Emma traveled back to the states, finished his PhD and relocated to Nigeria.
Favour and Emma courted for one year and got married. They had a set of girl twins after a year
Boluwatife was encouraged to spend more of his holidays with them.
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