Before coming to college I was pretty opposed to God.
I came to Virginia Wesleyan College in the fall of 2012 and met so many angels; I heard someone say once, when God is loving on us He does it through people. I believe this in its entirety and am a colorful illustration of this phenomenon. I didn’t think the Christian community would ever accept me for who I had been or love me for my past or my current struggles. It was through Christ-like love shown by some beautiful women that I ended up at Cru’s winter conference, Radiate. I wasn’t really sure why I was there. It wasn’t until the second to last night during worship that something of indescribable beauty happened. After three days of sermons about how we need to become restored in order to be restorers for Jesus we were invited to make a commitment to God– to do whatever He is urging us to. I grabbed my commitment card and followed suit with those around me by praying about the situation, asking for guidance and reassurance. For some reason (I now know it was the unconditional love of God) I marked the box saying that I wanted to accept Jesus as my Savior. In one whirlwind of a moment there was this small piece of paper staring at me from my lap proclaiming everything I had ever been uncomfortable with. As I stood there, in the darkness of the room the background noise of mood setting music softened and became distant. I felt this incredible warmth and completeness take over me. Almost like a hug, but better. It was so beautiful! God was hugging me and telling me in the most Fatherly way that everything was going to be okay. And that He loves me. And He always will. How did He know that’s exactly what I needed?
Since this beautiful day I have grown even more in love with God. Every day I love him more and find beauty in his perfection. It’s hard to describe how much I love him. Trusting him with every inch of my life is humbling. He has given me a heart for His children all over the world- especially women in the Middle East. He is helping me love others selflessly and to trust him more and more.
Thanks for reading my story!