First God, First Love (Part 2)

And now the continuing story of  First God, First Love

At the same hour of the day, Sapphira stood in awe when she met Paul, she decided to accept his offer of going to get coffee. They both went to Krispy Kreme, had coffee, ate a couple of doughnuts, and they began having a conversation.

“So, Mr. Paul, tell me about yourself. You already know about me based on what Sarai have told you,” said Sapphira. “Ok, ma’am,” chuckled Paul. “As you can see, I am the owner of my own company when I do more than creating more business opportunities to help future graduates get jobs and scholarships. I am a multimillionaire working diligently with business folks.” “Wow! I’m very impressed. You’re very much successful like Donald Trump,” said Sapphira. She and Paul laughed. “Well, I’m flattered when you said that,” says Paul. “I am also a devoted church-goer, too. I am not ashamed to say that I am a soft-hearted man who love God more than anything.” “That’s wonderful, Paul,” says Sapphira. “Now, it may sound ridiculous, but do you have a wife and children?”  Paul chuckled and said, “No, I am single with no kids. I’m just a patient business man that’s waiting for God to bless me with a wonderful woman to be my wife.” “Really? I am single businesswoman myself, and I’m waiting on God to bless me with a wonderful husband,” said Sapphira.

As they spent their quality time enjoying each other’s company, both Paul and Sapphira knew that they’ll find true love. Within the next few hours, Sapphira went home, had dinner, and talked for a while with her mother. “Say, Mama, I had a great day today,” said Sapphira. “Really? Tell me about it,” said Mama. “Well, Ma, Sarai had introduced me to a phenomenal man who wanted give my company his fundings,” says Sapphira. “Why, that’s amazing, Sapphire! Tell me more,” says Mama. “Don’t keep your mother in suspense.” “Okay. His name is Paul and he offered me to go for some doughnuts and coffee and just enjoying each other’s company,” explained Sapphira. “Mmmm, that’s swell, Baby girl,” says Mama. “I just hope you’d be very careful because you wouldn’t want to mix business with pleasure. Since you told me what his name was Paul, he is a very intelligent young man.” “Ma, how’d you know him?” asked Sapphira. “His mother and I are great friends and classmates,” explained Mama. “After they had their conversation, Sapphira prepared herself for work on the next day.

The next morning, Sapphira and Sarai were in the conference room discussing some changes in her company. Surprisingly, Paul showed up and announced, “On tomorrow, I’ll be hosting a party as a celebration of Sapphira’s company in partnership for my company.” Everybody was so excited about the announcement, they all agreed! Sapphira couldn’t help but to sit there and smiled at Paul and he couldn’t help but to smile back and winked at her. “Thank you so much for that, Paul. You really shouldn’t do it,” said Sapphira. “I’m doing this from my heart, Sapphira. It’s my way of showing love,” said Paul. “Wait a minute, are you trying to mix business with pleasure by flirting with me?” asked Sapphira. “Well, no I am not,” says Paul. “I personally want to talk to you.” “Okay, um, if you want, care to join me at Red Lobster after work?” she asked. “Certainly,” Paul answered. For a few hours, Sapphira and Sarai were in the lounge and they started to have a little girl talk.

“So, Sapphy, I see you’re glowing so do you mind telling me what’s happening,” said Sarai. “Well, I believe I am being attracted to the guy that wanted to be partners with my company,” said Sapphira. “You mean, Paul?!” asked Sarai. “Yes,” answered Sapphira. “Wow, that’s real good. Who knows? He might like you,” Sarai said. “Really, I appreciate that, but I really don’t want mix business with pleasure,” explained Sapphira. “I understand that, Sapphy. Just give Paul a chance and pray about it,” said Sarai. Afterward, Sapphira and Paul met up at Red Lobster for dinner and they’ve really enjoyed themselves. “Paul, you’ve got to let me pay this because I’m the one who planned it,” said Sapphira. “No, no, Sapphira. It is I who pay for this. No arguments there,” said Paul. “Now that we’re here enjoying ourselves, what is it you want to talk about?” she asked. “I want to tell you that I am very fond of you,” says Paul. “I mean, I am very much interested in you. We’ve been friends and business partners for a while and I was wondering if you are interested in me.” “Well, Paul, you really are a great man to even say such honest things to me,” says Sapphira. “You do have the major qualities that I’m looking for in a man so, yes, I am interested in you.” Paul smiled and said, “You know, I really think you’re beautiful.” “Thank you, and I really think you’re handsome,” smiled Sapphira. “Thank you, but, um, can I call you ‘Sapphire’?” asked Paul. “Of course you can, even my mother calls me that all the time,” she said. “Well then, from now on, I will call you Sapphire because you’re a beautiful but you’re worth way more than  sapphires,” said Paul. Sapphira sat there with a smile and tears started rolling down her face because she was so amazed by what Paul just told her. When they looked into each other’s eyes, they finally knew that they have found true love!

One night, Paul and Sapphira had a successful party. Everybody had a great time. They have plenty of food, champagne, business partners and so much more. A few months later, Paul and Sapphira have been dating and things was falling into place perfectly.  One day, Sapphira and Paul went to his mother’s house for a Sunday dinner. Her name is Pauline. Sapphira’s mother Elizabeth, was helping with the cooking so everyone were having great time! “So, I see you and my son are getting along really well,” said Pauline. “Yes, ma’am, your son has been a perfect gentleman,” said Sapphire. “He better be,” says Pauline. “My son really knows how to treat a lady because I raisied him better than that.” “I see,” said Sapphira. “Oh, mom, you know I got this,” says Paul. “I’m the type of man who treats his woman like a princess is proof that he has been raised by a queen.” “You see, that’s what I call a real man,” said Elizabeth. “That’s my boy,” said Pauline. “See, that’s what I love about your son,” says Sapphira. “Your son is so poetic and God-fearing.” “Why, Sapphire sweetie, I’d love to have you as my daughter -in-law because God has just finished writing your love story,” said Pauline. “Don’t you agree, Liz?” “Of course I agree, Pauline,” says Elizabeth. “I’d love to have a son-in-law like your boy.”  Everyone enjoyed themselves.

One day, Sapphira was walking down the street carrying groceries to her car. Suddenly, there were two guys walking behind her and tried to cause trouble. One pushed all of her things out of her hands and the other touches her on the behind. Sapphira screeched. “What’s a pretty lady like you walking all alone?” said the man. “Get away from me,” she yelled. The guy pushed Sapphira to the back of the car and the other takes her purse. “Don’t you talk to me like that again, you trick,” said the man. As much as she tries to defend herself, the two guys attacked her and put her in the trunk of her own car. While they drove off, Sapphira called the cops on her cellphone. When they cops tracked the call, they immediately chased the two guys. When they finally escaped, they got out and let Sapphira’s car run out into the bridge and sunk at the bottom of the ocean with Sapphira inside screaming for help. As the two guys laughing, there was a hand that patted on the guy’s shoulder. When the first guy turned around, Paul punched him the face. The other guy tried to cut Paul with a pocket knife, but Paul kicked him in the chest and they guy fell on the bricks. As soon as the cops arrived, Paul dived in the water and swam to save Sapphira. When Paul was swimming deeper to the depths of the ocean, he saw Sapphira’s white Cadillac CTS and Sapphira was screaming for help. Paul swam closer to the car and got Sapphira out of the trunk of the car.

As they were brought up to the surface gasping for air, Sapphira told Paul and the police what had happened. Once they took her statement and handcuffed the two bad guys, Paul said, “Good thing I was here to save you.” “Thank God you saved me,” says Sapphira. “Now I’m sad because I ain’t got no car, no money, nothing! I knew I should’ve been a little more careful of walking alone.” She began to cry and Paul said as he lifted her chin, “Sapphire, don’t worry about what you don’t have.  As long as you got God, that’s all you need. After all, you’re still beautiful.” Without another word, they both went home and gotten cleaned up.

Meanwhile, Paul went to his secret place to have a talk with God. “Lord, I thank you for being willing enough to come see about me. As you can see, I am ready to be a husband. If only you knew how much I wanted a wife, you’d understand. I wonder if Sapphira is the one for me?” And then, a gentle voice said, “Paul, my son, I’ve raised you to be a better man, and I taught you to delight yourself in Me and I’ll give you the desires of your heart. If you truly love Sapphira why don’t you let her know? I mean, I’ve hidden her in my heart so that you would seek ME first diligently. Because of you that feared Me, severed Me, seek Me and Loved ME more than anything, I’ll give you Sapphira as gift from Me.”  “Thank you, Lord, for my miracle!” cried Paul.

Two days later, Paul and Sapphira went out on a date in the park. The park was so beautiful it’s filled with white flowers and there was a swing on the tree. While they were sitting the swing, they both started talking. “Paul, tell me something,” said Sapphira. “Sure,” Paul said. “Do you like me?” she asked.

“No,” he said. She asked, “Do you think I’m pretty?” He said, “No.” She asked, “If I was to walk away now, would you cry?” He said “No.” Sapphira was so shocked she turned to walk away. Paul caught her arm and said, “Sapphire, I don’t like you. I LOVE you. I don’t think you’re pretty. I think you’re BEAUTIFUL. If you were to walk away now, I won’t cry. I’ll DIE. And most of all, I thank GOD that He sent you my way because I know you’re meant for me.” As Sapphira and Paul looked into each other eyes, they began to kiss each other on the lips.

Finally, Valentine’s Day arrived and it’s Sarai’s Wedding Day. As Sapphira help Sarai with her dress, she gathered the ladies to say a prayer to Sarai and Paul did the same for Abram along with the guys. The wedding ceremony was great success. But then at the wedding reception, everybody was having a good time. Sapphira caught the bouquet and Paul caught the garter. At that very moment, the party paused  and everybody wondered what’s going on.

When Sapphira turned around, Paul was on one knee with a 24 karat princess – cut diamond with sapphires around it in his hand. “Paul, Oh my God,” cried Sapphire. All eyes are on Paul and Sapphira proposing. He said, “Sapphira,  I love you and I believe that God had sent you from above. I’m your Boaz that you’ve waited patiently for me in the fields of wheat. I’m your King Xerxes that’ll treat you like a Queen. Most of all, I treasure you like a Diamond, and not a cubic zirconia. With that being said, will you be my wife?”

Sapphira cried for joy and said, “Paul, yes! I will be your wife!”

Sapphira married Paul and they lived in happiness of their lives, and they both learned that as long they continue to keep God first, they will always be one step ahead of the others who doubted them.

 

THE END

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