We are Found: York
I wonder where you are reading this post from today? Perhaps you’re still snuggled up in bed, or maybe you’re on the move, travelling somewhere new. Wherever you are, home or away, God’s amazing love remains steadfast, unconditional and abundant.
Change is never easy and starting university was exciting but also quite daunting. I struggled with leaving the comfort and security of my loving family and home in Cambridge, uncertain about what lay ahead. Would I ever call York ‘home’? Overwhelmed with new information and surrounded by new people I felt lost in the new city.
But despite my insecurities, doubts and fears God remained faithful – He found me in my weakness and kept me in His loving embrace.
Even when we think we are unlovable, be reminded that God loves us SO much that he was willing to sacrifice his son Jesus Christ on the cross for us:
‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.’ John 3:16
In a society that revolves around money and payment, it is difficult for people to grasp and accept the concept of God’s unconditional love, which is eternally ours if we choose to receive it. What a wonderful gift that reflects His goodness and grace! He invites us to draw closer to him everyday, by praying, acknowledging his presence, spending time with His true Word and listening to Him. He wants us to have fullness of the life that He created for us. Often my stubbornness makes me want answers quickly and I can be slow to listen to God. But He is the ever-present companion on our journeys, finding us and surrounding us with His love:
‘The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.’ Psalm 103:8.
Whether I’m in Cambridge or York, God is dependable and the one constant in a world that is constantly changing. As I draw near to the end of my degree I am so thankful and blessed to see how He has worked through me in this chapter of my life. Right from my first day in York I can see His guiding hand, protection, sustenance, comfort and encompassing unfaltering love, leading me to lifelong friendships and a loving church where I have enjoyed serving, growing and belonging these past three years. The amazing truth is that nothing can separate us from His love:
‘For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ Romans 8:35-39
I know change is coming again for my life but I trust God has a plan for me and I am so excited to see what else He has in store for the wonderful city of York that I am now so proud to call home. Today, I pray we will be filled afresh with His love and that, through More Precious, His love will reflect out into the world around us, wherever we may be. Be encouraged that we are found, chosen and loved by God – how amazing is that?
Lydia grew up in Cambridge and is in her final year at the University of York studying History of Art. She loves being part of the church family at St Michael le Belfrey, and when she’s not in church (or in the library!) she enjoys playing netball, hanging out with friends and doing anything arty.