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Adeyinka Oresanya is a passionate Christian novelist, whose love for the Lord, His word and writing has birthed more than ten short stories, including the popular The Struggling Virgin, and two novels. She is the editor of The Daughter's Inspirations Fiction Pamphlets for teens, which has blessed many readers. She is an avid reader and committed teenage teacher.
Visit her website at www.adeyinkaoresanya.com

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The Proposal

grenepages_Adeyinka Oresanya THE DAUGHTER’S INSPIRATIONS_The ProposalKunle came out of the bathroom in his self-contained room, a towel hanging on his neck. He made for the wardrobe, selected his best pair of blue Jeans and a TM shirt.
He was going to rock town with the boys today! Beer would surely overflow; in fact, he was going to put Dapo where he belonged today. That brat was always bragging he could out-drink anyone.
I will show him tonight!
He quickly dabbed Element perfume under his armpits and wrists. He then picked up his wallet and iPhone, and stepped out of his apartment.
The street along Kunle’s house was about a kilometre from the main road, so he had to walk before he could get a cab heading to Total Garden, where Cool Spot was.
As he was walking along the road, he noticed a beautiful lady walking ahead of him. Her well-carved pair of legs was what caught his attention. He whistled.
Man, these legs are hot! See her backside! This fish must land inside my pot of soup o!
He quickened his steps in order to catch up with her. When he reached her, he said, “Excuse me beautiful girl, wow, you are an angel walking on planet earth!”
The lady looked at him and smiled. She was dark in complexion with a well-toned skin that glimmered in the sun. Her hair was neatly braided into a bun, and she wore a black knee-length straight skirt with a shirt tucked in -an outfit that moulded her figure perfectly.
“Really?” she asked sweetly.
“Never doubt it for a moment, Angel.” He replied in a low, alluring tone. “By the way, Adekunle is my name, and I bet yours is Beauty or Angel?”
“Oh, you are such a funny guy! I am not Angel neither am I Beauty!”
“Okay then, tell me your name. I am sure it is as beautiful as you.”
“Well, Adenike is my name. There, you can see it is not out of this world.”
“I wouldn’t say that,” he said. “Ade–ni–ke, I like the sound of it.”
“Thank you.”
“Adenike, my heart has never leapt for a girl like it did this evening…for you.”
Nike looked at him in surprise. “Well, I don’t know what to say about that but thanks.”
“Seeing you was love at first sight for me. I just knew you are meant for me. Please, I want you to be mine.”
“Wow, slow down, man” Adenike said. "Are you for real? You expect me to believe all this the first time I am meeting you? Is that how people fall in love?”
“Why? I really mean it and I believe in it. My parents fell in love at first sight and got married two months later. They are the best couple I have ever seen, till today.”
“Really? My own parents took their time—three years—and they are the best couple I have ever seen…”
They got to the main road and paused by the pavement to continue their talk. Kunle tried to convince her of his love but Nike thought he was the biggest clown of the year.
“Please let me have your phone number.” He pleaded."I promise not to disturb you, just be your friend till you can’t stop thinking of me.”
“Kunle, you are so sure of yourself, right?" She shook her head. "I don’t usually give people I meet for the first time my contact details.”
“Please, girl. See, I am late for a very important programme that I’ll be anchoring but I can’t leave now unless I am sure I get to talk to you again. Please.”
“Okay, what program is that?” she asked, taking in his appearance.
“Oh, it is an informal setting, a get-together thing for a friend,” he replied. "Please, Nike.”
“05042252627. But please give me time to think, okay? I will reply you when I am done.”
Kunle punched the digits on his cell phone and dialled. Her phone began to ring.
“Well, that’s my number. I will call you soon,” he said.
“Okay. I will be expecting your call.”
He asked where she was going and then flagged down a cab plying that route. She got in to the cab. He paid for the fare, smiled and waved at her.
“I will call you.” He mouthed at her.
Few seconds after the cab left, Kunle’s phone began to ring.
“Hello, Bade? Sorry I’m late, my man. If you saw what I saw, man, you will agree it is worth being late. Cute pair of legs, man.” He flagged down a cab going to his destination. “I am on my way.”

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Two days later, Kunle called Nike and they talked for some minutes. He asked her about his proposal and she told him to give her a few more time. Kunle was getting impatient but he didn’t show it. He just asked when to call her again and was told to call back in three days.
Kunle felt like knocking the phone on the floor. Wait, what was the urgency about, he asked himself. He had never been uneasy about a girl before; they were too many to worry about one.
Anyway, she could take all the time she wanted as long as it was a positive reply. Still, he would call her in three days’ time.
The third day, Kunle called her again. This time, she asked if they could meet the next day at the fountain side along Amina Road, University of Ibadan, around four in the evening. There, he would get his reply. Kunle readily agreed.
Hanging up the phone, he jumped for joy. Yes! Another success! At least for her to ask them to meet again, it would be a positive one. He just could not wait to brag to his friends about his latest catch. Their eyes would pop with envy!
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The following day at ten minutes to four, Kunle got to the gates of the University of Ibadan. Their rendezvous was not far from the school’s entrance, so he decided to walk down since he was still some minutes early. This time, he wore a Next T-shirt over a pair of pencil Jeans with a pair of Armani sneakers. He had his hair neatly cut the previous day. He knew that he was looking good and he was sure Nike would think the same.
The fountain side was a cool place to sit, especially in the evening. Benches were placed under the tree to provide shade for people that might want to take a break or meet someone.
When he got there, he pulled out his phone and dialled Nike’s number in order to ask where exactly she was. Nike answered at the first ring and told him to turn. She waved at him from the bench where she was sitting.
She was there before him. That was a good sign. He walked up to her.
“Hi, Beautiful,” he said, smiling sweetly.
“Hello,” She replied, returning his smile.
She was a remarkable sight in her high-waist skirt and a short-sleeved shirt with frilly fronts. Her legs were bare just like the first time they met. Those pair of legs…electricity ran through his body.
“You are beautiful, babe,” he said. “I can’t wait to hear what you have for me.”
“Really?” She smiled. “Okay, what if I said I have been thinking of you since the day we met?”
“Then I would say I am the luckiest man on earth,” he replied.
Nike laughed.
“So?”
“What if I said yes to your proposal?”
“What?” He jumped from his seat. “Wow! I am indeed the luckiest guy walking on earth!”
Nike smiled.
“I can’t wait to show you to my friends.” Kunle pumped his fists in the air. “I am the proudest guy in the world!”
“Come to think of it, Kunle,” she said, her voice as calm as ever. “Do you know that the same way I delayed replying you is the same way we delay Jesus’ proposal of salvation. We delay accepting his sacrifice for us, his act of love towards us, on the Mount of Calvary."
Kunle was taken aback by the turn of conversation. His eyebrow bunched into a frown. “Well, I understand that, but what has that got to do with us?”
"You know how sad you felt before now and how happy you appeared to be when I said ‘yes’ later?" Nike replied. "That’s the same way Jesus and the hosts of heaven rejoice the day you say ‘yes’ to Jesus and His offer of salvation.”
Kunle just sat there, staring at her.
“Jesus loves you, Kunle and he is really asking you to receive his offer of love.” She paused. “I am actually not interested in an affair with you, but I am very much interested in the salvation of your soul!”
Reality dawned on him. The girl he was pursuing was a 'Jesus person'. How on earth…?
“See that car over there?” She gestured to a navy-blue Toyota Matrix parked by the quiet road leading to the Post-Graduate School. "That’s my husband sitting in there, waiting for me. I am married with two kids.”
Kunle’s mouth fell open. “But…how come? You are so young…and so beautiful.”
Adenike smiled. “I am young and beautiful, I know. But, I also know that my youth and beauty is for the praise of God’s glory only, and for the enjoyment of one man who has found favour in God’s sight to have me, my husband.”
“My God! How I wish a few of the ladies out there knew this.”
“God is working ways by which each person comes to the point of realization. Your own time of realisation has come. This is your chance to return to God, please take it. Life is too short to spend it as a plaything in the hands of the Devil.”
Kunle pondered on this for some minutes. His heart was pricked. He had never seen the gospel portrayed this way. Though he never missed church every Sunday, he knew his lifestyle rarely professed Christianity.
So many times this call had come to him, and he had refused it. Now it was coming again through a habit he did not want to give up. Is God that interested in him for these incessant calls to salvation to come his way from all kinds of angle, even the one he least expected? But why? He himself knew he was so bad, beyond redemption.
“Kunle, God loves you so much, I know this for sure.”
He looked at her and shook his head. “Adenike, you don’t understand. My sins are so grievous, I know that even God himself would have given up on me.”
Adenike smiled. She took out her BlackBerry from her purse and searched through the E-Bible. Then she leaned towards Kunle and showed it to him. "See, the Book of Isaiah chapter 1 verse 18 says, ‘Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.’ Can you see that?”
Kunle became sober immediately. He bent his head and pondered on what he had just heard. After some minutes, he raised his head and said, "No one has ever shown me the love of God this way. I want to taste of his grace, too." He shook his head. "I know the life I am living isn’t good but I didn’t have the courage until now to say I accept Jesus and his offer of salvation.”
“Kunle, are you sure about that?”
“Yes, I am sure. I accept Jesus’ love for me,” he replied confidently.
Nike raised her head up to the sky. “Oh,thank you, Jesus.”
She turned to him. “Okay, please just repeat after me…Jesus, I thank you for your undying love for me. I acknowledge that I am a sinner but your blood is enough sacrifice to cleanse me from my sin. I repent of my sins today and I accept you to be my Lord forever. From now on, you reign. Thank you, Jesus.”
As Kunle repeated it after her, he felt a peace descend upon his soul. He felt as if he had been relieved of a burden. The feeling was priceless.
After the prayer, Nike congratulated him and asked for the church he attended. Kunle told her, and she advised him to see his Pastor and explain what just happened to him and to join the foundation class of the church because he would need follow up. Kunle promised to do so.
“Let’s go to the car so you can meet my husband. We actually interceded together for your salvation since the day I met you.”
“Really? So there are still Christians like you on earth?” He shook his head. “Thank you so much, Adenike.”
“You should thank the Lord Jesus. We are just his stewards and friends,” she said as they both walked towards the navy-blue car.

“Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord, Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.” Isaiah 1:18 NKJV

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 NKJV

“Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love; having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.” Ephesians 1:4-6 NKJV

 

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