In the whimsical world of childhood, love often begins with innocent admiration, untainted by the complexities of adult relationships. Such was the story of my dear friends, Femi and Nike. Their journey from innocent childhood love to a lifelong, blossoming marriage is a testament to the power of a master plan, burning resilience, determination, faith, and the courage to see it through to manifestation.

The Early Days: An Innocent Admiration

Picture this: Nigeria, boarding school—a place where survival was often more about securing enough food than nurturing feelings of love. Amidst this struggle, Femi, a young boy with the moral compass of a saint and the innocence of a lamb, stood out among us. A born-again Christian with values that could put any saint to shame, Femi was my close friend. We all respected him for his unwavering principles and the way he carried himself with a quiet dignity.

Enter Nike, the girl who was the stuff of legends. She had beauty and brains, a combination that made every boy in school swoon from a safe distance. Nike was no-nonsense, focused, and outspoken, traits that only heightened her intimidating presence. She was the type who wouldn’t hesitate to tell you exactly what she thought, and she always had her eyes set firmly on her future. Yet, Femi, with the audacity of a hero in a romantic comedy, knew from the moment he laid eyes on her that she was the one he wanted to marry. This was not just a fleeting crush; it was the beginning of his master plan.

Innocent Proximity: Femi’s Courage and Determination

While the rest of us could only muster the courage to admire Nike from afar, Femi’s approach was nothing short of hilarious in its innocence. He studied with her, sat close to her in class, and basked in her aura, not with any ulterior motives but simply to be near her. His actions were driven by pure-hearted admiration and a steadfast belief in his feelings.

Imagine this: Femi sitting next to Nike, looking sheepish like an innocent puppy dog, with no clue that his innocent proximity was the start of his grand master plan. He made his intentions known not through grand gestures but through consistent, respectful presence. This quiet courage and determination laid the foundation for his master plan—a plan fueled by burning resilience and unshakeable faith.

The Painful Rejection

As we grew older and reached our late teens, Femi finally summoned the courage to ask Nike out. Picture a young Femi, armed with some biscuits and Fanta, and a hopeful heart, only to be met with a polite but firm “no.” Nike, with her sights set on the future, left for the USA, leaving Femi behind with a heart full of hope and a bruised ego.

Now, most people would take this as a sign to move on, but not our hero Femi. This rejection was just a plot twist in his romantic saga. While we were all busy with teenage drama, Femi was busy crafting his comeback.

Resilience and Persistence: The Power of a Master Plan

Despite the initial rejection and the physical distance between them, Femi persisted. His love for Nike remained unwavering, and he continued to hold onto the hope that their paths would cross again. His resilience was inspiring. As Nike pursued her dreams in the USA, Femi stayed true to his feelings, proving that true love can withstand time and distance.

But Nike, determined to stop him once and for all, sent him a rejection so devastating that no man could ever hope to recover. Picture this: an email or letter crafted with such precision that it could burn bridges, crush spirits, and leave no room for doubt. Yet, Femi, our ever-persistent hero, was not just any man. He took this soul-crushing blow and, rather than surrendering, used it as fuel for his determination.

The Power of Keeping Strategy Secret

One powerful lesson from Femi’s journey is his ability to keep his goals a secret. Even I, his close friend, was unaware of the depth of his plans. This secrecy allowed Femi to work undistracted and free from external pressures or judgments. It’s a crucial strategy for anyone pursuing significant goals: work on your goals in secret until they are complete. In hindsight, it was a good thing Femi didn’t share his feelings about Nike with me, as I might have discouraged him in my attempts to protect his innocent heart from heartbreak.

Manifestation of a Master Plan

Years passed, and the seeds of love that Femi had sown so innocently in his youth finally bore fruit. Nike, moved by his persistence and the purity of his intentions, saw the true depth of Femi’s love. Their paths converged once again, and this time, it led to a beautiful union.

Today, Femi and Nike are happily married with three beautiful girls. Their story is a living testament to the power of a master plan, fueled by love, faith, and perseverance. It was a very happy reunion recently when former classmates got together in Dallas. We were very moved by their love story as they told it to us.

A Love Story to Remember

Femi and Nike’s journey from innocent childhood love to a lifelong partnership is a story that warms the heart and inspires the soul. It reminds us that true love is not just about grand gestures or fleeting moments of passion but about the quiet, persistent faith that stands the test of time. It’s about having a master plan and the determination to see it through, no matter the obstacles.

Their story is a beacon of hope for anyone who has faced rejection and struggled with resilience. It teaches us that love, when rooted in innocence and nurtured with courage, can blossom into something truly beautiful and everlasting. It also shows the power of a well-crafted master plan, one that guides our actions and fuels our persistence even in the face of adversity.

Femi’s journey is not just a romantic tale but a life lesson. His approach to love can be applied to our goals and dreams. In life, rejection and setbacks are inevitable, but with a clear master plan, unwavering faith, and relentless persistence, we can overcome obstacles and achieve our dreams. Femi saw the big picture, believed in this unseen image, and carried the evidenceevidence in his soul.

So, the next time life throws a curveball your way, remember Femi’s story. Stay true to your master plan, be resilient, keep the faith, and have the courage to see it through. You might just find that your dreams, like Femi’s, will blossom into something truly remarkable.