Holly Ho Yu Leung
Hong Kong girl, Sociology graduate (2016). Art. Music. Poetry. Dance. Jesus. Small on the outside, eagle heart inside. wants to live a ridiculously adventurous and simple life.
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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.
I was born in Hong Kong to a non-Christian family, and from a young age I’ve always had this huge interest in myths and good stories. I started reading the Bible when I was 12 because all the Old Testament stories really appealed to me and, although I didn’t realise it at the time, God started teaching me about Himself through these stories—that He is a merciful and jealous God, that He is intense in His love and unrelenting in His pursuit of His people, that He works in creative and unexpected ways… but for me these were still just stories – until the divine story of redemption started happening in my own life: as I started following Him, I watched my life span out before me like an Old Testament story of redemption in ways I could never have dreamed of.
I have so much I could tell you about the things God has done for me. I could tell you about near-death experiences where God has intervened and saved my life, visions and dreams, personal stories involving demons and angels, being called by God in a personal way… and sometimes I wonder: could this really be my life? Why have such ridiculously crazy things happen to me, a random nobody kind of girl from Hong Kong ? Yet I know that this is my life, and that I am chosen by God to be called His own. I could go into detail about these supernatural stories, but I think that, in the end, none of them can compare to the extraordinary in the ordinary – that is, the greatest miracle of love in the form of a man-God hanging on a cross. It is all very simple, really.
My story is ultimately a love story of God’s pursuit of me, and in the middle of all the madness of life, the only thing that seems to matter is feeling His big, nail-pierced hand and the quiet of His presence upon me in the dead of the night, and one name, above all other names—Jesus. It is enough for me to know that I am loved by Him all my days; that love makes me want to surrender everything I have for Him, like He did for me on the cross. Everything else fades away—this world, success, money, health, human relationships… but God’s love for me never fails. It will continue burning for all of eternity. It has turned my life upside down, and I pray the same will happen to you.