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It was Bro Kennedy. Yes, the Bro Kennedy at the beginning of my story. I was pleasantly surprised.
‘Bro Kennedy!’ I exclaimed.
‘Sister Goodness’, he replied with a grin. ‘It’s so nice to see you again’
‘Yes it is! What are you doing here?’
‘Well, this is my church’.
‘You live in Calabar?’ I asked
‘Yes I do. How about you?’
‘Well, I was posted here for my youth service’.
‘Wow! It’s a small world,’ he said.
It was so nice to see a familiar face in a strange land. We exchanged numbers and he promised to call. As he walked back into the auditorium, I felt a stirring in my heart. ‘Every spirit of lust, I bind you, I rebuke you’, I said under my breath as I hurried to get the bottle of water.
Bro Kennedy kept his promise as he called me the next day. We did a lot of catching up on the phone. It amazed me because two years earlier, we were barely on talking terms.
Over the next few weeks, we talked often. This Bro Kennedy seemed like a different person altogether. Even though he was still quite reserved, he was more jovial and easy going. His love for God was raw and palpable. He was humble to the core and never made me feel like he was better or more knowledgeable than I was. I began to wonder what made me throw his proposal into the thrash can without looking back. I guess I was blinded with my supposed love for Gozie.
We met a few times, especially in church (I started attending that church as I felt very welcomed and peaceful there). Each time I saw him, he was very smartly dressed. I didn’t even realize how good looking he was until now. We became good friends.
Days rolled into months and soon, my one year was over. On the day of my passing out, I got two job offers- one from an auditing firm in Calabar and the other from a commercial bank in Lagos. Of course, the offer from Lagos had better pay and incentives, but I had learnt not to make choices without finding out God’s mind concerning the matter, no matter how juicy my options are. I took it to God and His instruction was clear: stay in Calabar. I accepted the job offer and settled in.
I noticed that I was already developing affection for Bro Kennedy and I tried to fight it. The more I fought it, the stronger it grew. I called Mummy Okoro and told her what was happening to me. She advised that I reduce communication drastically with bro Kennedy and then go to God in prayers. I obeyed her. I explained to Bro Kennedy that I needed space and thankfully, he understood.
Instead of binding, rebuking sand fighting the thoughts of Bro Kennedy in my heart, I asked the Lord what He was saying concerning my feelings for Bro Kennedy. I waited on the Lord. As my prayers deepened, so did my affection for Bro Kennedy. I didn’t see a dream or a vision, but I knew God’s hand was in this. I felt peace and tranquility. I could picture myself beside him, not just in a white sparkling gown, but in partnership with him, advancing God’s kingdom.
Four months later, when he called me to tell me that he wanted to discuss something with me; my heart was already at rest with him. We met on a sunny Saturday and for the second time, Bro Kennedy proposed to me.
‘Goodness, I may not have the best of material things and I may not have the best of looks but I want to assure you that if you agree to go on this journey with me, I will help you become the best you can ever be for God. Your vision will find ultimate fulfillment in my vision. We will hold hands together and run this race and by God’s grace, we will make heaven together’, he finished.
I smiled warmly. What he said wasn’t much different from the first time, but now, it made more meaning to me.
‘Bro Kennedy, I will pray about it and give you an answer in a week’s time’.
I already knew what the answer was but I needed to inform Mummy Okoro and Pastor Obong, my new mentor.
‘Alright. Thank you very much’.
As we stood up to leave, it took me all my willpower not to give him a big embrace. An overflowing love for him suddenly engulfed my heart and I almost started humming. God had made everything beautiful in His time!
A week later, after getting a green light from my mentors, I said yes to Bro Kennedy. He almost wept for joy. He took my hands in his and raised a song of thanksgiving. We dedicated our relationship to God and invited God to be our EBENEZER.
Right now, we are making plans for our wedding. I still work with the auditing firm and the pay is quite good. Bro Kennedy runs a large poultry and piggery. He is not very buoyant yet, but it doesn’t matter. We are taking a step of faith and God has given us His promise: As far our eyes can see, He is going to bless us.
So, hand in hand, we are starting this journey together in love, joy and fulfillment, trusting God to give us the nations as our inheritance and the ends of the earth as our possession.
Matthew 7:11- If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
Psalm 37:34- Don’t be impatient for the Lord to act! Travel steadily along His path. He will honor you…
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