Trip Stories: 1
You desire to discover new frontiers… It is time to travel.”
What an amazing trip to the UK. I was on a recon mission, scouting out the land, reconnecting with people. and meeting new friends.
The Thursday before heading out I was in the Big Room positioning myself to worship, read, and receive. Toward the end of the time. I had an impression to look at my travel documents. I grabbed my ipad, found my AA ticket and looked it over. To my surprise my ticket was booked in my short name not my long name. My passport is in my long name. I thought, “O NO!.” My emotion, dread. My thought, “You are so stupid.”
I called AA and asked if the names being different on ticket and passport mattered? Yes it mattered. I could not enter into the UK without my ticket name matching my passport name. I was told the travel agency had to unlock my ticket… they could not.
Later, I called the travel agency they didn’t know what to do. I called AA back. I was told to come to the airport with my passport.
I went to the airport with passport. The lady at the desk attempted to change my name on the ticket but was locked out. I was told the travel agency would have to change the ticket. I called the agency and was put on hold for 2 hours. Finally I hung up. No one called back. I’m thinking this is gonna be an expensive trip at least $2000 dollars, plus my other paid ticket.
Friday t-minus 3 days. I called the agency through out the day. Finally I spoke to a guy named John. John explained the process and that I’d have to wait until Monday and to send a picture of my passport. “Someone would call Monday because this is the weekend and the people who can fix the issue from support have gone home for the weekend.” I calmly reminded John that I was leaving Monday.
During the whole time of this crisis I was seeking to enter into rest and to flow from rest, more than flow from anxiety or stress. It was a battle. A friend of mine came over on Friday evening and encouraged me. He simply said, “Father is in control.”
Pattie went out and bought a meal at the China Cottage. We were finished eating and she placed a fortune cookie next to me. I opened the note: “You desire to discover new frontiers… It‘s time to travel.” Wow!
The odds of this happening are like a 1 with a billion 0’s.
Machine printed slip. Machine puts slip in cookie. Cookie is loaded into boxes of 350. The right box full of cookies is delivered to Ohio. Boxes are ordered by China Cottage. China Cottage receives boxes of cookies. Person reaches into storage area begins to use a box of cookies and places cookies into a bowl.
We order food. Pattie waits for exactly the right amount of time then drives to China Cottage. Pattie goes to the desk to pick up the order. The Lady reaches into cookie bowl and places two cookies into our order bag. We eat our dinner. Pattie goes into the kitchen and gets the cookies and brings them into room and places the right cookie with the right slip next to me. I open cookie and get the message. Believe me I got the message. At this point I knew I was traveling.
I phone at 5am and connect with John. He says someone will phone by 11am I remind John I have to be at the airport by 1pm. So I hang up the phone and think, “How can I position myself to enter rest?”
I decided to head to my usual place of rest in the big room. When I arrived I didn’t grab my guitar and sing. I knew I needed to spend time waiting, listening to music, being quiet and resting.
At the end of my time I opened my ipad and attempted to log on as Steve but could not. I then attempted to log on as Stephen. Boomya! There was my full long name at the top of the booking. I shouted!
I scrolled down and to my surprise my name on my ticket was still wrong Stephenstrickler Bowen. By this time emotions were in control; faith was in my heart and my thoughts were ordered. I was convinced, I knew with no doubt, I was going on the trip no matter what was written on the ticket. So headed to the airport.
I parked the car, grabbed my bag and got on the shuttle. As we were leaving the parking lot I received a phone call. The man said, “We fixed your ticket. All you have to do is to return my email I am sending to you.”
I told the man, “Thanks so much. However, my ticket is still wrong. My name is Stephen first name, Strickler middle name, and Bowen last name.”
He replies, “Hold on I’ll be right back.”
I put my phone on speaker and traveled to drop off point and went to the waiting area next to the check in desk at AA.
Time passed then he came back on the phone and stated, “All fixed just send email confirming.” So I sent an email confirming the fix.
He replied, “You are good to go.” I thanked the man went to the desk and checked in.
Misplaced and Anointed Passport
I misplaced my Passport traveling from Scotland, to Ireland during check in. When I realized what I had done, I deliberately took a step back, gathered my emotions and declared, “Jesus I enter into Your rest right now.” My Passport was quickly found, and we headed to Ireland.
Later during the trip in Ireland my passport was on a side table I knocked an incense oil container over. The oil went onto my passport. I cleaned the outside of the passport and put it into my bag. When I arrived at the airport my passport page with name and address was soaked, smeared with oil.
Again, I practiced leaning into His rest. The supervisor came talked to me, asked for other identification, then put a special stamp on my passport. I was cleared to travel. I had to explain the fragrance the rest of the trip. Let’s just say the fragrance preceded me everywhere I went. (I know this was a prophetic happening)
Entering rest is a biblical concept Pattie and I have been practicing since she received this word during her daily quiet time. We are learning and we are leaning into His rest. Learning to live from a place of rest is a practice.
For we who have believed enter that rest. Hebrew 4:3 NASB
For the one who has entered His rest… His rest
has himself rested from his works…our works
as God did from His. Heb 4:10 NASB
Sometimes there is a striving to enter in. Emotions, and thoughts go up and down. At some point trust and faith must kick in. I am learning I must push into rest. Sometimes I have to position my heart, steady my emotions, control my thoughts and speak to my environment. It is part of the practice, and part of the process.