No Passport Required

June 28, 2011
by Julie Bowles

Hosea 12:13 – Your real identity is formed through God-sent prophets, who led you out of Egypt and served as faithful pastors. (MSG)

With the increasing threats to security all around the world, a passport has become a very important item to have. Most countries will deny entry by air, sea, or land, unless one has a valid passport. Since my passport was due to expire, I did all the required paperwork and sent it off for renewal. Just before it was due back to me, my husband needed to make an unexpected business trip to the United States by car. We were preparing for him to go alone, when a friend suggested that I call the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to verify that I had to have a passport to cross into the United States by car. I called and was told that all I needed was photo identification and a birth certificate. Preparing just in case, I packed all of the identification that I could find, even the form that had been stamped to certify that my passport had been sent for renewal, and the phone number for this agency.

On the way to the border, I was not apprehensive that our six-hour drive to reach the border would be a wasted trip. What I wasn't prepared for was the reception that we received at the border. Paperwork in a folder on my lap, I was prepared to give more paperwork, as my husband passed in his passport and my photo identification. The customs officer asked my husband a few questions about the nature of our business trip, looked over the passport and my photo identification, handed them back, and said, "Have a nice trip." We drove away in amazement! We were prepared to have to get out of the car and go to the secondary check because of my lack of passport and the samples that he was bringing in. We prayed and thanked the Lord, for He had truly gone before us on this day.

I am so glad that my salvation has been secured and that when the day comes and I stand before the Lord, I won't have to worry about having the right paperwork or passport.

Our identity truly is in the One who died for us. At the time, His identity was questioned by the Pharisees, but Jesus knew who He was, and He was secure in who His Father was. In the same way, we need to be secure in Him, the One who lived and died for us.

1 John 5:20 – And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. (NKJV)

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You that You are our passport to everlasting life. Help us to show others the way to this life also. May each of us be a witness in all we say and do. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

About the author:

Julie Bowles <julieanni@rogers.com>
Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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