Sunday morning, the day after her sister’s wedding, Favour struggled to get out of bed. She had obviously been stressed out and needed rest. While contemplating whether she could make it for first service of rest a bit and attend the second service, she heard her phone ring. Her ringtone was ‘Onise Iyanu’ by Natheniel Bassey. She decided to make it her ring tone so as to remind herself of God’s faithfulness every time her phone rings.
It was about 7 am, ‘who could possibly be calling me early Sunday morning?’ she thought to herself as she stood up to get her phone which was charging at a corner of the room.
It was an unknown number. Her data was turned off so true caller was of no help. She didn’t like picking strange numbers so she silenced the phone, flung it on the bed and went into the bathroom to brush her teeth. With her toothbrush in her hand, she stood before the sink and the mirror above it, as she saw her reflection in the mirror, she suddenly had a flash from the previous day. She vividly remembered she met someone and at that moment her phone began to ring again. She rushed for her phone like one running for a prize. It was the same strange number but this time around she wasted no time in picking the call.
‘Hi Favour’ the voice sounded familiar.
‘Could it be Emmanuel?’ she wondered. ‘Good morning, please who am I speaking with?’ she said politely
‘Emma, we met yesterday’
Her heart skipped a beat, the excitement began to well up again. ‘Hi Emma, how are you?’
‘I’m fine, thank you. Sorry I didn’t get back to you last night. I felt you must have been tired and needed to rest. Hope you rested well’
‘Awwwww that’s so thoughtful of you’ she smiled ‘yes I did, I was just about to prepare for church’ then she used the opportunity to find out about his faith. ‘What church do you attend?
‘oh church? My parents are Anglicans but I don’t go to church, except on special occasions. I run a very busy schedule’
Favour could not believe her ears. Disappointed wasn’t even a good enough word to describe how she felt. This guy is definitely not for her, she thought to herself. There is no point continuing this conversation. Just as she was beginning to analyze what strategy to use to end the call, she heard him speak.
‘Hello Favour, are you still there? I got you didn’t I?’ he chuckled
‘Got me? What are you talking about?’ She was so confused
‘The not going to church thingy, don’t mind me I was just been naughty. I attend Redeem but since I came to Nigeria last two weeks, I haven’t been to church. I was thinking of going to the church in the neighborhood today. But the ‘my parents are Anglicans’ part is true, they are strong Christians and made sure they brought myself and my siblings up in the way of the Lord’
Favour gave a sigh of relief, she noticed how she smiled when he spoke about being a Christian. Suddenly it occurred to her ‘why don’t you come to my church, I’m sure you’ll have a great time’ then she quickly added ‘that’s if its ok by you’ she smiled
‘Awwww that’s so nice of you. Will you send me the address then?’
‘Sure. I’ll text it to you right away’
‘Alright then, see you at church’
Favour, out of nowhere suddenly had strength to attend church, not just that but to look her best. She paid special attention to her appearance that morning. She changed her mind about wearing the navy blue skirt suit and decided instead to wear a coral cord lace flowing gown that brought out her beautiful shape. She tied a royal blue gele and wore accessories to match. She was looking dashing. All she kept asking herself was ‘why on earth am I doing all this?’. She didn’t bother about the answer but instead, with joy and excitement kept singing and preparing for church.
When she got to church, she looked around but didn’t see Emma. She was pretty early as first service had not ended. She picked her phone to call him and then a text came in.
‘I’m about 15 minutes away’.
‘okay, lemme know when you arrive’ she replied’
She sat at the back of the church and kept checking her phone every minute. Finally, it rang, it was Emma calling. She stepped out to pick it and just then and there saw a shinny black honda parking. On a closer look, she recognized it was Emma and so decided to cut the call and walk towards the car.
After parking, he came out of the car. Boy!! He was looking so fine. He had on a royal blue long sleeved buba and sokoto, the same shade of her gele and accessories. He gave her an innocent side hug. She loved the smell of his cologne, it was the kind that made you want to stick around just to perceive more.
‘Wow you look amazing’ he said as his eyes gazed on her beauty. He couldn’t help but smile.
‘Thanks’ she smiled. A bit shy. ‘Welcome to my church, I hope you have a good time. First service just ended so you are right in time’
‘After you’ he said as he signaled for her to lead the way.
Service was indeed a blast, but was it because it was thanksgiving service or because of who was sitted beside her? She loved what she saw; how he worshiped God, how he danced, she heard him blast tongues from time to time, he paid rapt attention during the message and carefully jotted salient points into his journal. She was impressed but knew she had to be careful with her feelings. So as not to jump ahead of herself.
She silently began to pray ‘Lord, if he is your will for me, please let it be clearly made known’. She had this overwhelming peace and decided to allow God lead her not her emotions.
‘I had a lovely time in church today’ Emma said as they walked towards his car. ‘I’ll be traveling back next month, but in the interim, I believe I have found a place of worship’ he smiled.
‘I’m glad you had a nice time’
‘Yeah me too. I, however, don’t want to wait till next week before I see you again. What’s your week like?’
Yet again, Favour could feel her heart racing. ‘Work starts from 8 am and ends by 4 pm everyday’
‘Alright, so how is Tuesday evening?’ he asked with a charming smile and great expectation.
‘Hmmmm lemme see’ Favour looked into thin air just to buy time then said ‘well Tuesday is fine by me’ and added ‘Wednesday is Bible study if you’ll be able to make it’
‘Sure, why not. So Tuesday it is then’ he stretched his hand for a hand shake. ‘See you on Tuesday. Text me the time and place’
‘Alright, will do’, she smiled
‘Did you come in a car or can I give you a lift?’ he asked with so much concern
‘I’m parked over there’, she pointed at her petit red Kia Picanto
‘oh great see ya on Tuesday’, he opened the door to his car.
Have a blessed week’. She watched him enter his car and drive off and she hoped this wasn’t just going to end like the other ones did.
To be continued…
What happens next? Watch Out For Favour’s Love Story Part 6 next week Sunday. Don’t miss it.
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