Her sharp screams echoed through the whole auditorium catching everyone’s attention as I carried her, placing her head on my chest and pacing around one corner. Eva was a sweet little girl, her chubby round face and tiny pink lips made her look so adorable. She took just after her father, Mr. Philips.
Mr and Mrs Philips had just arrived the love feast which was organised by the Association. It was an annual event which took😊😊 place in December. Eva had kept crying uncontrollably while in her dad’s arms as they found their way to the empty tables in front to get seated. She should’ve been about 6-8 months old. It looked like she had been disturbing for a while and Mrs. Philips had finally given in to the fact that her husband could handle Eva better, as she didn’t bother trying even once to take Eva from him. Maybe Eva was just a daddy’s girl and daddy just wouldn’t let go, seeing the way he held her tightly to his body with both arms. He was a tall, tan-skinned and handsome young guy with a very calm disposition.
The event had been on for about an hour already and the couples’ games was going on, yet Eva kept distracting everyone around with her cries. Seeing how uncomfortable it made Mr. Philips as he was trying to follow through with the games, I thought I could help, so I hurried to where the Philips’ sat and extended my arms with a smile, suggesting that I wanted to carry Eva. Mr. Philips was a bit reluctant, as neither he nor his wife had met me before. He looked at me for a few seconds, with his left eye brow raised as if to say he was unsure, and then he handed Eva to me. I guess he had no choice if he really wanted to stay at the love feast and have a good time without distracting others😊.
Eva had gradually calmed down and was giggling as I played with her fingers while dancing around and making funny sounds that made her laugh. I was at a corner towards the extreme, so I was not bothered about her noise. The Philips’ sat a bit far from where I stood, but I could see them, clearly. I turned towards their direction and realised that Mr. Philips had been staring. His gaze had not left the direction I was for God-knows-how-long! It looked like even though Eva was disturbing, he still wanted to hold her or at least be around her to know every bit of her reactions. At every point I turned, he was staring. He would shift his gaze for a bit, try to focus on the games, but not once did he take his eyes off her. I was stunned! I mean, I was right there, I wasn’t going anywhere and obviously, Eva was fine, why wouldn’t he just do his thing?! It made me a bit cautious and uncomfortable, I was being extra careful about my every move with her, how I held her hands, how I touched her cheek, her hair, everything. I let her play with the coral designed silver brooch on my plain black gown as she kept calm the remaining time.
The love feast was about rounding up, as I walked towards The Philips’ and handed their little princess to her dad, seeing how he couldn’t wait to have her back in his arms. Mrs. Philips thanked me with a very warm smile, while Mr. Philips focused on carrying his baby and getting her balanced on his thighs. I was really glad I was able to help and it was a pleasure to hold and behold such a beauty😊. Seeing how Mr. Philips kept looking after her even from afar made my heart tingle, oh how lovely!. It left me with such a strong inpression. I’d seen another expression of an extravagant overwhelming love, just like the one Abba has for me. It made me realise how special I am to Him, the apple of his eyes😌 and how He constantly watches over me, His beloved☺️.
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness”
“I’ve never quit loving you and never will. Expect love, love, and more love!”
(Jeremiah 31:3 – NIV, MSB)
It’s indeed wonderful to know that we have such a father, and even much more!. We should always remember that no matter how far we go, His gaze is always upon us and the closer we come, the gladder He is and the safer we are.
Ps. This is a true life life narration from December 2018, somewhere in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. The original names of the Characters have been changed.
Thanks for reading😌
Bask in His Love🔥💜