Kure was a sleepy village by all accounts, but with a gentle hum of activities. Saanu and Rhoda were young christians living there; attending the same church.
For sometime, Saanu have been waiting on the Lord for the right woman to spend the rest of his life with. By revelation, Rhoda was the God-chosen lady.
So he was convinced.
One day, he invited her to his farm-house office.
"Sister Rhoda, the Lord has heard your prayer and granted your request."
"Which? I've many before Him." she yawned; she was just awake from sleep.
"Good! The desire of every young woman to have a man of hers; as God granted mine." he declared taking a pen on his table to make a rhythmic sound on the table.
Her countenance brightened and became wide awake.
"I don't have such petition before God. I rejoice with you on your answered prayer." she disclosed scratching her head; waitng for more facts from Saanu.
"You'll not rejoice with me but people will rejoice with us on our wedding day; the Lord's shown you as His choice for me." he confidently declared giving her a romantic look.
Immediately, there was an upsurge of fear in her heart. For a moment, there was a dead silence in the office except the fan which whirred quietly in the background.
"What do you have to say?" Saanu broke the silence, looking outside through the window; resting his back on the chair.
Rhoda mused with a prolonged " hmmmm, hmmmm, hmmmm." No word came from her mouth.
"Speak now!" he said spreading his two hands toward her.
"Please, pray over it more so that satan will not cheat you by his antics; I never comtemplated marriage." she explained gently shaking her head, regretfully.
"Why? Is anything wrong with you?" Saanu asked as his eyes became dark; troubled and confused.
"Although with a different reason, I've purposed to live the rest of my life in Christ and for His service like Anna in Luke 2:36-38. She never left the temple but worshipped night and day, fasting and praying." she explained with evidence of hoplessness written on her face.
"But you're not a widow; what's the diiferent reason?"
"I don't want any man to be a co-victim of my past immoral life. I was in the city going out with anything in trousers. I was pregnant and no man was ready to be responsible for it. I took some drugs that damaged my womb which was removed that I may live." she explained, tears flowing freely from her eyes.
"Okay that's enough." Saanu said with pity, fighting back tears.
"You're a disciple of Christ indeed in whom there's no deceit." he contnued, composing himself.
"Many ladies will never make such disclosure, and for this reason also; I'll not mind being your husband- child or no child." he assured.
"Don't forget the extended family members' influence in this culture..."
"Leave that in God's hands. Let's meet to discuss further on it in three day's time." Saanu rounded off as he stood to leave.
* * * *
On the third day, they headed toward a big African star apple, as the sun dipped behind the trees. A squirel scampered up the tree on seeing them.
As they sat down, a swarm of bees pasing by emitted droning sound that frightened Rhoda. She stood to run away but Saanu held her hand.
"Why are you running away?"
"Those bees may sting us to death." she declared with a leg up to start running.
"Sit down! The humming of the bees can be interpreted to be the voice of creation that draws us into the dream world of love." he pulled her to sit on a sofa.
Looking at him strangely she asked, "What do you mean?"
"You fear and concentrate on the possible sting of the bees forgetting the bees' honeycomb which I see. The Lord had spoken about the reason we're here." he turned expecting her to decode it.
"So you're telling me that I see the barrenness of my body and not fruitfulness." she said with an amazing inviting look.
"You understand it!." they rose to go home.
Rhoda sang on the way without opening her mouth to dish out melodious tunes like a vetiran pianist.
"May God give me a singing daughter like you." he teased her.
"I want a boy."
The marriage was consummated and they were blessed with a set of twins, a boy and a girl.
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