GO AHEAD, GET ON THE PLANE
This past summer I was blessed with an opportunity to facilitate a writing workshop at the East Point, GA library. I had a great time and had the opportunity to reconnect with a friend I had not seen in years. When she took me to the airport, I was so focused on the fact that I had everything I needed with me that I did not check for any flight changes. When I approached the gate listed on the boarding pass as the flight was boarding, I was told the flight to Ft. Lauderdale had been moved to the other side of Hartsfield airport. As I headed to the new gate, I ran into a woman I just met on the train to the gates and told her our flight had been changed. We decided to go to put our names on standby after realizing we were not going to make the new flight and customer service said they would not hold it. She paused and said her kids live close to the airport and she thought it best to just call them and have them come back. For some reason I stepped into what was not my decision and convinced her to do otherwise. Long story short, she got on the next flight and I ended up spending the night in a deserted airport and not flying out until the next morning. Unlike her, everyone I know in the area lived at least 50 miles from the airport and I couldn’t see having them drive to get me and then bring me back at 5am.
Fast forward about a month after that incident, I had a succession of dreams. In the first, a younger female and I were to catch a plane. We realized that we were going to be rushed to get to the airport. I panicked but she said to me, "My father has already taken care of all our stuff there." In an instant, we were at the airport and could hear announcements for us to get to our gates. We ran through one door and a woman said, "You can't go through there you are too late." The young woman and I suddenly got separated and I found myself back at an entrance. The announcements for my name began again, "Passenger Claudette Freeman please report to your gate immediately for your flight." I tried to go through the gate again - Gate 7, but was told my flight was not there. I had to get to Gate 17. As I turned around to run there, there was an airport worker driving a couple of other people to another gate and I jumped aboard to go to Gate 17 which was literally right next to the gate where I was standing - yet I did not notice it until I got off the cart.
I approached the ticket counter and said, "You all have been paging me, I guess I was in the wrong place." She said, "What is your name?" I said, "You have been paging Claudette Freeman, but as you see from my ID, the first name is really Emily." She smiled, "Oh no problem, the flight has not left yet, but I’m not sure it is still on the runway, we will have to get you on board another way."
She and I walked to the runway and she turned to me and said, "Just wait a moment the pilot is going to move forward a little and then you can board." Then she looked at me very calmly, smiled and said, "You know this flight would have waited for you without you rushing to get here. All you needed to do is call." I looked at her and thought that doesn't make sense - why would the flight wait for me and why didn't I get on the flight at the first gate?
In the second airport dream I was with a cousin. We were walking towards the gates when a woman pages my name, Emily Freeman report to gate 17 for boarding. This time, I walked towards the gate and in this process I again got separated from my companion. I asked the girl at the counter was I supposed to be at gate 17- she said yes ma'am. I said but the woman I'm traveling with this isn't her gate? She said no, this point is for gate 16 and gate 17 travelers only. I walked through Gate 17 headed for the plane.
In the third airport dream, I was alone and this time I actually looked at the ticket in my hand realizing it was some type of all or special access pass. I get to the counter and the girl tells me my connecting flight does not leave until 9 that night. I asked if there was a direct flight to Ft. Lauderdale, she says yes it leaves at 6:35. I decide to take 1 instead, but she says she doesn't believe I can use the pass for that flight. She talks to a supervisor, who calls me over and says the pass will work and he explains to the young lady that the problem was she was looking at my pass from the general information page and not the main system page - the pass is good for all flights. I turned around after saying thanks to walk off towards the gate.
God taught me some very crucial and challenging things for women destined to do more than average in these dreams. First, when God is shifting, moving, preparing you for takeoff you need to learn to mind your own business. We often get some focused on making sure everyone is where we want them to be and how we want them to be, that we move ourselves out of God’s way and plan. Check the ticket in your hand. There is a reason you are flying out of one gate and others around you, even those that you have cried with, prayed with, relied on have different gate numbers – where you are going is predestined for you not them. Know that it is okay to allow them to take their appointed flight without you as well. Don’t get comfortable in what you know, I had done all the advance stuff, I had no bags to check and I printed my boarding pass. Yet, it never occurred to me to check for flight changes – I was comfortable in the knowledge that I taken care of everything and yet my flight plans were altered and delayed. In the season of preparing for a dimensional shift, don’t readily accept the first report or answer you receive, instead take it before the Father; perhaps the initial response came from general information and not the divine main source. Pay attention to where you are in God’s process, what God has for you could potentially be closer than you think.
Then God illuminated two key things in these dreams for me – the tickets or passes in my hand on each of these flights, gave me access to flights that would not leave without me. Whether you travel inadvertently or deliberately away from His assignment, know this Jonah, His Will will absolutely be done in your life and His purpose will absolutely manifest in you when it is ordained for you. The other key thing, that brought me to tears, is even with all of the access, and the assurance shown to me in each of these dreams and in God’s word– I never actually saw myself take off on either of those flights, and it was not God delaying or denying it was me.
Not boarding those flights came from a place of not trusting the greatness and gifting that God put in me. Nor did I trust the spiritual knowledge that the delicately rough season of preparation and pruning I was being blessed to learn from - was actually going to lead to something amazing as promised in The Word. I, in the midst of one thing after another, diverted my focus from Jeremiah 29:11, For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. I was comfortable and conditioned with simply going to the next level; when God is a God of dimensions, realms and territories and for me - my faith in the God in me, said oh you can handle walking through the gate – but you’re not ready to take flight. In hindsight, I realized that when I stepped away from radio, by faith, 3 years ago I stepped into my gate or talent (writing)– but God called me to move into my gifting or dimension counseling and helping others birth their vision. I, however, thought, He can’t be calling me. Yet prophetic word after prophetic word confirmed it and finally, I got the picture. That picture is wonderfully painted in First John 4, verse 15, Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” The dwelling power of God in me, is my all access pass to what He has already prepared and purposed for my life. I have to trust the indwelling and board the flight.
This morning, I believe I have finally stepped on that flight. I have come out of the background, where I excelled and said God if the all access pass in my hand is about my life touching another then so be it. It is a bit unnerving, exciting and altogether lovely. When I was a young girl, actress Sally Field played the role of The Flying Nun in a TV show; no matter the challenge, this nun would simply take flight towards a potential solution. Are you bold enough to simply take flight believing that God is truly the wind beneath your wings? Can you be confident in knowing that the Master Pilot has a flight plan just for you? And that He is able to send angels in various forms to accompany you to your destination? Can you trust the God in you enough to finally realize just how powerful it is to have all access in your hand; and step into a new yet unfamiliar dimension and board your flight? Can you really grasp and embrace Isaiah 40:31 as the living power for your life: But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. Your flight attendants are waiting – are you ready to fly?
A Georgia girl that loves quiet, a good neo-Soul, R & B or gospel song, and a chilled tall class of diet cola.