I am utterly convinced that we started EPIC commission yesterday, but unfortunately that is false. As I write, we are all preparing for the last day of EC tomorrow. The last day of first year for some, the last day forever, for others. The last day of being surrounded by our friends, of structured learning and prayer and being led by the best leaders.
Somewhere between the two dates on the calendar - big things happened, incredible things. But one of them, was so extraordinary that I can't seem to not write about it. In the span of 9 months, I met and loved people that I will call my family for all eternity. We grew alongside each other, laid hands and prayed for the other, cried together, sharpened each other, laughed hard, took adventures, but the most important thing we did together was to passionately seek to know the face and voice of our Father.
"In friendship…we think we have chosen our peers. In reality a few years’ difference in the dates of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another…the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting–any of these chances might have kept us apart. But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking no chances. A secret master of ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,” can truly say to every group of Christian friends, “Ye have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another.” The friendship is not a reward for our discriminating and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others.” -C.S Lewis
Leave it to C.S Lewis to write a quote that leaves me with tears running down my face. But guys, this says it all. We aren't all in EC this specific year by chance. We didn't do it because it was a choice we made. But one that God, long ago, decided to use to mold us into the people He wants us to be, and in that He decided to use each other to pull out gifts and lives and traits in us. HOW INCREDIBLE. How gracious of a Father. That He wouldn't give us one or three great friends, but instead 27. 27 people who will pray you on, fight for you and love ya till the end.
There are millions of things this year was about. Millions of ways God was faithful. We could write a long book on the ways we had to trust Him, and how every time He came through. We could talk for hours on the things we learned in classes, and the prayers we prayed during prayer. But when I look back at this year, I will always remember the way the Lord used these friends, this group of incredible friends to reshape my heart.
So thank you EPIC Commission students - thank you for teaching and loving and stewarding the friendships that were created within the walls of EPIC commission.
Thank you to The Babe Cave, and to sisterhood and to brotherhood. Thank you Pastors Eric and Erica for creating a place where these things could happen & for always following the Spirit’s leading.
I wouldn't have wanted to do this year with anyone else. Love all you crazy people. What an honor it is to call each of you family.
"By “the Lord” what I mean is the Spirit, and in any heart where the Spirit of the Lord is present, there is liberty. Now all of us, with our faces unveiled, reflect the glory of the Lord as if we are mirrors; and so we are being transformed, metamorphosed, into His same image from one radiance of glory to another, just as the Spirit of the Lord accomplishes it."
2 Corinthians 3:17-18 | The Voice
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