“But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.’ And Peter answered him, ‘Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.’ He said, ‘Come.’ So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus.”
Matthew 14:27-29 NKJV

So, picture this, you’re walking through the woods on a path, it leads to an open area, which then leads to a lake with a dock. You see that your only option is to keep moving forward towards the lake or to turn around. You start to walk towards the dock slowly. You get to the dock, you stop and think what these next nine months are going to be like. So many thoughts are running through your head right now. Once all these thoughts start to leave your head, you start to realize that maybe these next nine months won’t be that bad. You start to walk on the dock and you’ve realized what you’ve gotten yourself into. It starts as a slow walk, then turns into a speed walk and eventually a full on sprint, until you reach the end of the dock when you have no choice but to dive right into the lake and swim.

Maybe this is your very first time flying away from the nest, or it could be your third. Maybe you have never lived with other people besides your family. Maybe you don’t know anyone in the EC family and you’re nervous. Maybe you’ve never really read the Bible before, but you’ve signed up for a 2-year program that’s all about chasing after God. There’s a lot of ‘maybes’, and ‘what if’s’ that you could be feeling right now.

Let me tell you, it’s okay to be nervous coming into EC. I didn’t know anyone coming into my first year. I didn’t know my roommate or any of my housemates and I was extremely nervous. But what I can tell you is that by the end of my first year in EC, I left with many friendships that will always be there, many memories that I won’t forget, and so much growth that I didn’t expect out of myself.

I really had no expectation coming into EC because I didn’t know what to expect. To be honest, I didn’t even know how to read a Bible. But with having no expectations, you learn to just jump right in. You learn to go when God says ‘come’. You don’t hesitate because you are so excited for something that you have no idea what you just got into. I remember sitting in my first prayer thinking ‘this year’s going to be great’ all the way to ‘what did I get myself into.’

Yeah, EC is fun and crazy with Thursday night events; late night talks with your housemates, annoying your house with animal pictures or even a midnight run to a park to play a game of sardines - but it will also get tough. There will be times when you feel alone and worn down. In the end, it’s totally worth all of the laughter and tears you go through. The memories are unforgettable and the friendships are unbreakable. Make the most out of your first year in EC, do your devo time, say no when it’s necessary, and just jump right in - it’s definitely worth it.

So don’t be afraid to go sprinting down the dock and jump right in the lake. My advice to all of you is from the day you step foot into our first prayer, you dive right in, you don’t hold back and you go when God says ‘come’. I know that God has big plans for each of you this year.

Can’t wait to meet you all!

Lindsay Harris
Incoming 2nd Year Student