Last March was my fifth wedding anniversary. As I continue to celebrate the privilege of being married to one of God’s special princesses, it is my pleasure to let you in on how, or better still where, I met her.
You can consider it my birthday offering to you on this special day of mine. Today is my birthday. Ooops, I guess I had to let you in on that!
I have always known that I would one day write about how I met my wife. But I didn’t know that that day would come so soon.
Something happened that made it come sooner than I had thought. During an online search recently, I stumbled on a comment I had made in the past on a Nigerian online forum.
The comment was my response to the topic of the post which was simply a question entitled, ‘Where did you meet your spouse?’ To be honest, I was pleasantly surprised to read the response again.
Here we go:
I met her in church. We became friends. Just friends, serving God faithfully in [the] youth ministry [of our church].
Later, my heart began to skip a bit for her. The mere thought of her brought smiles to my heart.
At first, I felt concerned that I was taking the friendship [further] more than I had thought.
“What is wrong with me?” I asked myself.
I prayed about it. I got the assurance that all was well. I told her I loved her and would want to marry her. [It] turned out she was convinced about me too.
Two years later, she became my wife and has been so [five] years now. We have been happy ever after. I thank God for everything.
Although it was an impromptu response I made back then, reading it again now made me feel that I gave an appreciably good summary of where and how I met my wife. This it was that precipitated this post.
So allow me to delve a little more into the full story.
We met in church
I have heard stories of people meeting their spouses in all kinds of places. Even though my mind was open as to where I could meet my would-be-wife, I would consider it a blessing that I met her in Church.
There was this joke back then that if you are looking for a decent girl for a wife then look for her in the church. Whether that’s necessarily true or not, I leave that to you to decide.
Then, I wasn’t particularly sure about where I could meet my would-be-spouse. But I was very sure about who she should be.
I was convinced she would be someone who had made a strong commitment to God, through a personal relationship with Jesus as Lord and Saviour. Someone who was committed to living her life on Earth to the glory of God and for the benefit of mankind, with eternity in view.
Of course, there were other things I considered, but the above mentioned were not negotiable. It is possible to find such a blessed lady in any possible place around the world. But as God would have it, my church in Lagos was my lucky place.
Our Friendship was healthy
We were individually actively involved in the Lord’s service. I was the Bible Study coordinator of our Church’s Youth Fellowship and later the Vice President of the group. On her part, she was an active voice in the Youth choir as well as in the main Church choir.
Our friendship developed gradually and blossomed into a very close one. It flourished on a platonic level or what we could describe in Nigerian parlance as just “a brother and a sister in Christ” relationship. Nothing more until love began to set in….
We moved from friendship to love.
Oh the innocent ‘boy’ has fallen in love. You know that feeling of fallen in love? I felt it strongly then. But I was a bit concerned.
“Why would I want to bring ‘love’ into our heavenly friendship and ruin everything?” I had asked myself.
We had mutual respect and trust for each other. We knew the boundaries we set for ourselves. Besides, I never thought I would marry a friend.
But instead of the awesome feeling of love going away, it became strengthened in my heart and louder in my ears. I was glowing! But I was careful not to let her know how I was feeling yet.
“I must do something about it,” I challenged myself.
I cross-checked everything with my Father in Heaven. I believe in prayer; it helps me clarify my thoughts.
“Oh God my Father, do you have a hand in this strong splurge of love I feel in my heart for Your daughter, Jenny?’ I had asked God in prayer.
‘Yes’ was the answer I received in my heart from the still small voice. Once, I knew God was involved, my worries ceased; peace and divine assurance filled my heart.
“One more thing Lord, she is your daughter too.” I pointed out to God – as if He didn’t already know. “Please speak to her about ‘us’. Prepare her heart for this eternal love you have told me I am going to share with her.”
The feeling was mutual.
Not long afterwards, it became clear to me that my prayers had been answered. God had put my love in her heart just as He had put her love in mine. We were ‘flowing’ with each other.
We each knew where God was pointing us to, and we were ready to go with Him all the way to the marriage altar.
I waited till I perceived the time was right to pop the question.
‘Will you marry me?’ I asked her after 9 months down the line.
‘Yes, I will’ was the heavenly response I got from her.
Thus, our courtship officially began. I am grateful, she didn’t make me wait any longer before giving me her consent.
“Give me some more time” some other lady may have said to me. But not my sweet Love, she was prepared for me as I was ready for her.
Marriage altar here we come.
Two years afterwards, we both stood before God’s holy altar and echoed “I do, I do” to each other, as we were pronounced husband and wife.
It’s been five years since then. And we are still counting …
I met my wife in Church. I have no doubts that God arranged it that way. That’s my story.
Would you share a little about how you met your spouse?
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