Gloria Ozioma 1 year ago
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Friends Like Beatrice

The fact that it didn't work out the first time should not discourage you from trying again.

'Sister Pat, please wait behind after service. I want to see you for a brief moment', Pastor Jerry's wife told Pat. 'okay, ma,' she respectfully responded. Pastor Jerry and his wife took Pat as their little daughter ever since she came to the church. Pat has been in the church for five years, serving faithfully in the prayer department. She is a certified nurse, doing pretty well. 'Oya, let's go home now,' Beatrice, her friend and roommate hurried her. 'Mummy Jerry asked me to wait behind. Please wait for me na', she pleased. 'alright then. I hope she doesn't take long, Beatrice said. After all the greetings, her pastor's wife threw the question at her, "so how is brother doing?" "Mummy, which brother?" Pat laughed. "Don't you play pranks with me? Don't tell me you're not in a relationship Pat. You are no longer a baby, for crying out loud", Mrs. Jerry explained. "Well, mummy, I....." Pat is trying to explain.

"So tell me, what really is the issue. Nobody is forthcoming, or they are not meeting up to your standards? Let's know which one is doing you", Mrs. Jerry continued. "The thing is, I've been trying to take my time after my last relationship crashed," she finally landed. "How long, my dear? That's a long time again. Please forget about the past and move on with your life", Mrs. Jerry encouraged her. "Yes, ma. I've heard you" "Thank you for your concern, mummy, good night ma," she said as she went. Pat explained everything to her friend while they walked home. Beatrice was also in agreement with what Mrs. Jerry advised her. She thinks it's time for her to settle down and face the next phase of her life.

On a very good Friday, she received a message from Daniel, the choir director. They exchanged pleasantries and talked for a while. Daniel wanted them to go out on a friendly date if she didn't mind, which she didn't mind. "How far? How did it go? Beatrice eagerly asked as Pat came back from her date. "Hmmm, my dear, the brother said he likes me o. He said he has been watching me for a while and that he likes the way I behave, he likes my commitment to the things of God and all of that jare," Pat explained, "So what did you now say?" Beatrice asked, "Say as how? I just said I'll get back to him", she said, shrugging off her shoulders. "This one that your face is like this already; I hope you are not planning to turn him down. At least take your time and think about it, pray about and seek godly counsel too. Who knows? You guys might be compatible", her friend kept talking as she followed her to their room.

"You know, I just feel uncomfortable since we attend the same church. How are we going to be looking at each other during service? It's somehow now", Pat expressed herself. After laughing for a long, Beatrice finally said, "so that is the flimsy excuse that you have. In fact, you are not serious. If you miss this opportunity ehhn, na you sabi o. See sincerely that shouldn't be a barrier at all. So the person you will eventually marry, won't you guys go to the same church?" "That one is different na," Pat defended, "Na the same thing abeg. Daniel looks like a good guy, so I'll advise you to try. Get to know him better, and you might eventually like him," Beatrice explained. "Alright, babe, I hear you! Mama counselor herself! She hailed her friend "Na, you know o," she laughed. Daniel and Pat went out a couple of times, and they talked and shared their views about life and what they are passionate about. She found him to be interesting. So she went straight to Mrs. Jerry's house to explain things to her. Daniel already informed Mrs. Jerry of his intentions toward Pat. Mrs. Jerry played along and acted all surprised as Pat kept talking and narrating what she felt. "So are you convinced enough to enter a relationship with him?", She asked her. "Yes, ma," Pat said

"Do you think you guys are compatible enough" Mrs. Jerry continued with her probing. "Yes," she said again. "Since you are sure of what you want, I'll advise you to take it slowly. Get to know each other more, get to his friends, his family and every important thing you need to know. Okay?" Mrs. Jerry advised, "Okay, ma," she responded. Daniel is a pharmacist, so he works with a pharmaceutical company. He is also doing pretty well. Pat was so eager for their next outing so she could give him the good news, so they could properly start courting. They both agreed to inform their parents, court for a year, and other things being equal, get married! Beatrice was so happy for her friend. "Shebi, I told you! You were making yanga before. Thank God you didn't lose this opportunity", she said gracefully. "So when are we going to be introduced to this heartthrob of yours?", She said as she walked majestically. "As my chief bridesmaid na! Don't worry; he'll be coming here to say hi tomorrow. So you'll meet him officially", "My one and only bestie," patting Beatrice on the back.

"I'm happy for you, my friend," Beatrice said. "I know, babe. It's all over you. Thank you so much. You are the kind of friend everyone should pray for", she commended. "I love you, darling, and I know this relationship will work out by God's grace," Beatrice said. They both hugged each other as Pat said, "Amen."

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