A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about making Christian friendships and needing Christ in college. Since then, I feel like I’ve grown and learned a lot. I’ve dabbled in a lot of the Christian clubs around my campus and tried to talk to the people there. I’ve tried my hardest to strike up conversations with people I’ve never met and try and connect with them in some way. I’ve gone to events on my own and put myself out there unlike I ever did in high school.
These past three weeks have been a whole lot of unfamiliarity. That’s the best way I can describe it. The dramatic change from high school to college is enough to make your head spin. It’s all been incredibly exciting and fun, but at the same time, there’s so much unfamiliarity.
I think when I was in high school, church was just so familiar to me. It was the same thing I’d done for years. It was the same people, the same pastor, the same situations. Don’t get me wrong – I love my church and my pastor and its people. But it became a situation where my church life was just a part of my routine, not a part of me.
Since coming to college, the unfamiliar situations – people I don’t know, places I don’t know, situations I’ve never been in before – have made me crave familiarity. I didn’t know that until I stepped into my campus’s Lutheran church. Immediately I felt comfort, comfort that I now know came from Christ. Immediately I felt like I was home, I was safe. Immediately I knew that I loved this – because it was familiar.
The service was that much more enjoyable. The hymns washed over me with Christ’s love for me. I was reminded of the real reason I’m on this earth – to glorify God, and not to just go to college. I received Christ’s body and blood, and I heard the Word of God. Afterwards I had fellowship with my fellow Christians, and it was a peaceful and beautiful morning.
So why did I enjoy church so much? Because church is my home. I had never been to this church before, but I immediately felt like I belonged, like these people had known me my whole life. There’s something that comes along with being in a church service that just takes you back to reality. Jesus loves me, and He cares for me, and He’s going to be there for me: today, tomorrow, for the next four years, and for the rest of my life.
That was what I needed among this unfamiliarity. To feel Jesus’s love take over my heart. That is what I needed and what I will always need for the rest of my life. And there’s no better place to find it than in the place you find Jesus – His church.
I know this is mainly a blog for teenagers, so I want to emphasize on the fact that this doesn’t necessarily have to do with college. For those of you who are still going to your same old familiar church – enjoy it! Enjoy the familiarity. Enjoy the people and the pastor and being home. But know that there will always be a church family out there for you, wherever God takes you. There will always be a home for you while you are on this earth. And let us never forget the home that God has prepared for us for eternity – His kingdom in heaven. Let us focus our eyes and hearts on heaven and what joy is yet to come.