We are Found: Bristol
“…My name is graven on His hands
My name is written on His heart
I know that while in heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart
No tongue can bid me thence depart.”
These words taken from one of my all-time favourite songs speak directly into the glorious truth that I remind myself of every morning:
“For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.” (1 Peter 3:18a)
God has been so merciful in sending Jesus to die for me, and if I accept this incredible offer of forgiveness, I can rest assured that my name is indeed graven on His hands, and written on His heart. My life is safe in Him.
I’m Beatrice and I am based in Bristol, and London, and Chile, and also Paris up until a month ago. Confused? So am I, don’t worry.
I’m a third year languages student, which explains the current international vibe that seems to have adopted me. By the end of this year I will have lived in 4 different places and visited 8 different countries within a period of very few months. Of course I am in no way the first person to have done this, but I have spent the majority of the year feeling rather displaced and a bit like an alien. For the majority of the time this has been hugely exciting, but there are moments of loneliness and a longing for normality.
However, time and time again I have been challenged to remember that actually, as Christians our home is ultimately not the place we are geographically.
My aunt recently pointed me to a verse in John where Jesus is talking to his disciples telling them, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” (John 14:23). Because of the cross, my identity is in Christ, our Everlasting Father and Saviour of the world. This is the ever-unchanging truth whether I am in England, or France, or Chile.
I am aware that my country-hopping experience might not currently be the reality for many of you girls. However, these gospel truths are just as relevant. Whether it’s at school, at university or even at home, being a Christian and living out our faith can so often make us feel like an alien, as we take our authority from God rather than the world. When our friends and family may look for fulfilment in other things, remember:
Jesus is worthy of our full trust, and 'He remains faithful' (2 Tim 2:13)
Though we may be scattered around the country, and even the world, we remain united in Christ.
So let’s make the most of More Precious and the opportunities it gives us to read bits of God’s word and constantly remind each other that Jesus is King, and that we are found in HIM.
P.S. To read more about what this looks like, check out Ephesians 4!
Originally from London, Beatrice is a Modern Languages student at Bristol. She is currently on her Year Abroad and, until recently, was living in Paris, where she was working for a local church. She will be moving on to the coast of Chile in March where she looks forward to discovering her (currently non-existent) Latino side.