The ‘But God…’ challenge

Romans 5:8

Cardiff University Christian Union - Mission Week. Theme is 'But God...' and the Verse Reference is Romans 5:8

Today proved to be a challenge for me whilst I was at university. For one thing, I woke up feeling tired and unprepared for the busy week ahead. Secondly, it was the start of Cardiff University Christian Union‘s mission week today. The theme is ‘But God…’, and so I have nicked their title for my blog post too because I thought it was fitting! Thirdly, I received a bad mark for an essay that I wrote. The worst thing is that I thought I’d done well, but it turned out that I just scraped a pass.

So… what about God?! At midday, I helped out with a talk entitled, “Where is God when it hurts?”. I had to share my testimony about how I became a Christian and was asked also to share my past (which includes lots of hurt and suffering). The talk went well, actually. Though it didn’t turn out as planned. I did my little bit, then Dave Bish did a very short talk about Jesus, which was cool. Then we did a Q&A between us which provoked some questions. I would have liked there to have been more, as it was a great opportunity to ask probing questions. And I did offer an open invite for people to do that. However, I was happy with the questions that were asked, and I did chat to some people on an individual basis afterwards which was really rewarding and I found it a great opportunity, blessing and encouragement to not only share my experience and advice with people, but also to get to know them better and just love on them I guess.

And so, here is where I end up. At my laptop reflecting on my day so far before I go out to some friends of mine for tea with my girlfriend. Here’s what God has told me through the day’s events:

  1. I need Jesus in every part of my life.
  2. I need to be looking for the ‘But God…’ stories so that we can retell them to encourage each other, to show Jesus to people, and to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.
  3. I need to rely on God more with regards to my education.
  4. I need to stop worrying
  5. I need to work harder
  6. I love helping, sharing, advising, encouraging and listening to others ๐Ÿ™‚
  7. I’m privileged to be a child of God; I was a sinner who was dead and lifeless, “But God demonstrates his own love for us

    But God... balloons down Cathays Terrace, Cardiff

    in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” Romans 5:8, and so I am now a sinner who’s been saved and is seen as a saint in God’s eyes through Jesus’ love and sacrificial death.

I just wish this learning curve carries on! It’s all too easy to forget God when life is busy, when you get bad essay marks and ironically…when you’re busy trying to help others come to know Jesus for themselves.

My bed time prayer: God, help me to think and meditate on you more, to learn to trust you in all things, and to show people how to find you even in the times of trial and suffering. Amen.

Dean Roberts

Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hรขf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre. Read More @