As you enter the campus as a campus minister, campus staff, or college freshman this new semester, you can rest in the reality that the Lord, your Maker and Redeemer, holds the semester ahead in the palm of his hand.
"Orientation convinced me that, yes, this job will be hard and feel foreign at times, but God is at work, always, and He’s using even the seemingly shameful moments to bring His glory to countless college campuses."
One way I saw God at work this past week was through a conversation with one of our interns. I was encouraged when she reminded me that we can trust that the Lord is taking care of us even in the midst of ordinary and frustrating moments.
When I first came to RUF, my goal was to put myself into a 'safe' bubble, but I was challenged to grow relationships with the people I encountered in classes and rehearsals and learn to live boldly and lovingly in my faith.
Sometimes the ways God is at work are clear for us to see; other times they’re more ambiguous. But that’s what walking in faith is all about: acting on the belief that God is at work even when you don’t know exactly how He is.
RUF is where I made some of my dearest friends who I still talk with weekly. They have showed me Jesus’ face in more ways than I can count. I would not be able to be a counselor apart from their friendship and care.
As with any intimate human relationship, our relationship with Jesus requires an even deeper level of regular attention, attentive listening as he speaks to us from his Word, as well as physical presence in order to maintain intimacy with him.
Each week at RUF I felt challenged to see more clearly what God has done for me. This includes seeing the bitterness of my heart and how Christ's sacrifice is enough to heal it and bring me into right standing with God.