since I began in Turkey, May 2007
....see Swordmaker of Adana
In Sept 2008 when setting off to walk from Bournemouth to Brighton I was unaware that I was heading into 13 walks of my own where many of you have joined me or connected with me somehow along the way. For this I am SO grateful.... thank you for your company visible or invisible...to be heard is a massive privilege.
Since completing The 'Bell' Walk assignment the City of London has become a place I have been given a connection with, as if a small door has opened for me to quietly come and go. So I have felt free to make the most of every opportunity return to that square mile and trip over the God-connections set-up for me. Otherwise, autumn 2010 has been a fallow time and so restful.
However, another shape mapped out by places has been apparent to me throughout 2010. This has stayed with me and after laying it down to wait, it is now clear to me to go with what I see and let it unravel as I step out.. literally .
In 1997, God laid on my heart places called 'The Chesters', the definition of these places was that they were the footholds of control in the nation and would be the places to hold-out the longest before being up-rooted. This walking for me is part of heaven's strategy to remove the control grid on the land and where it locks in on these 'Chesters'. I love it when God takes something that has a negative connotation and takes it back for His own meaning. Having carried the issue of 'The Chesters' for so long, it was a joy when God interjected with the word 'Treasure Chest' (Thank you Paul). So I believe that this rectangle shape is a Treasure Chest, Lincoln and Chester are the hinges, within this area is many of the wells and treasure that is to be revealed.
Into all this activity there is a CONTEXT that I am constantly aware of which helps to place my micro in the macro! I have been living with a 10 yr cycle ....Particularly since the Toronto pour out in 1994....
See 'Wave' for more on this.
WALK DATES 2011;
(1) Lincoln to Chester : March 24th - 27th See Report Below
Hinge to hinge, the first cut across the top of the treasure chest.
(2) Lincoln to Whitby : April 29th - May 2nd See Report Below
Royal weddings, indigenous inheritance on, imported garb off.
(3) Chester to Caerleon : June 9th - 12th See Report below
Welts, dragons and diamonds, a 'treasure' hoard to be uncovered and redistributed.
(4) Caerleon to St Albans : July 14th - 17th See Report below
'Treasure Chest' lid prised off, time for heads to roll, for crazy stories and much strength.
(5) Chester to St Albans : Sept 13th - 17th http://pinkypirate.blogspot.com/p/latest-walk.html
The first of two walks through the centre of this 'Treasure Trove' particularly reversing the Roman Watling street connection with the indigenous Anglesey Massacres.
This is an opportunity to step out of our routine and do something completely different, taking who we are in our everyday and connecting with the land en route, having great conversations with others and walking out the rucks of our lives step by step.
The Whole earth is Full of His Glory and there's alotta Glory on tha Feet.
(1)LINCOLN TO CHESTER Via CHESTERFIELD
MARCH 24TH - 27TH 2011
I was a tad daunted having been off the road for 8 months, so it is good to be off the starting blocks. This is the first leg of three walks that mark out a rectangle adjoining the 'bell' shape between Lincoln and St Albans. I have called it a 'treasure chest' and I believe these walks will unseal it's lid. This 'lid' IS coming off the whole area which will in turn affect many other places linked outside the area. All the team came from outside this area, Preston, Swindon, Glasgow, Brighton, Winchester, Selsey and The Wirral. These are probably all places that are directly connected in some way and will receive a crucial knock-on affect which in turn will roll out to other places connected to them. For example, as Chester comes into alignment with Jesus for the sake of the nation and not just itself, it will directly affect Winchester which will in turn affect the places Winchester is connected to.
Lincoln and Chester are the hinges by which this 'lid' opens to reveal the treasure beneath. The 'lid' I see is a layer of 'control' and the 'chesters' are the places that keep it in place. At this point I believe the four corners of this 'Treasure Chest' are such places.
My first ever walk in Turkey became an exercise to make an incision in the land and cut open the 300 miles between Adana and Ankara for the sake of what was beneath the surface. This walk feels very similar and having begun I am living with an incision that has been made, an opening that has begun and a surface that has been 'sliced' open so far.
Lincoln once again opened its doors to us specifically via my link with Linda Yoxon who is now resident in France. My deep thanks to Dawne and Francis Ward and their family for hosting us SO kindly, it is clear to see your hearth burns brightly for Jesus. My bond is deep with Lincoln, somehow we are fellow travellers and these further walks are only possible because this corner stone is in position for which I am so grateful.
As we walked towards Chesterfield it was remarkably warm, the twisted spire was easily visible like the hugest of signs in the centre of this 'field' flanked by Sheffield, Dronfield, Mansfield, Macclesfield, Holmsfield etc. So we called for this 'harvest field' and for no more twisting of the gospel. As part of our journey we looped our way around the church building in the opposite direction to it's twisted spire and as if holding a rope, pulled for an untwisting. Making our way through the 12th Century marketplace, we kept hold of the loop we had made in order to pull, all the way to Chester, for a pure form of the gospel in the harvest field. From there the land rose towards the Peak District and we entered England's postcard; A deep green carpet of soft rolling hills as far as the eye can see. With Chatsworth house to our left we made our way to Buxton through the birthplace of Andrew our walker from Paisley, Glasgow. Even the area of the Peak District resembles an 'embryo' shape on the map, a birth place. It was here I was conscious that we crossed east to west, a former walk north to south from Leeds to Birmingham in 2007. As we walked through Baslow just north of Bakewell we were marking out a 'cross' in this birthing place by the crossing of these two walks. Passing through tiny villages with huge medieval Church buildings never ceases to amaze me, monuments standing for centuries and some with stonework that takes my breath away.
I am so grateful to Baz and Linda Gascoyne for giving us accommodation in Sheffield for two nights as we made our way west. Each morning as we took time to be with Jesus before setting off it was such fun laughing together and getting fully loaded by Jesus' finished work that the actual logistics to get out onto the road were such a test! These walks are not easy but the 'ease' that is on us takes us through the hurdles which is a joy.
Through Macclesfield forest we made the descent out of the Peaks and the temperature had dropped. Having got past Chesterfield the mood seemed to change and the nearer we drew to Chester the frostier the reception felt. Moving forward like an arrowhead we continued more aware of the warmth of Jesus in eachother and filling every little place. No place is more important that another, turn over a rock on a lonely outcrop and Jesus is there just as much as the urban thoroughfares that demand such attention. Through the salt mines we went, the 'wiches', crossing Middlewich and on to the outskirts of Chester. This was a long day and to arrive at Jane Schroeder's in Christleton, SW Chester to a hot meal and a warm welcome was a Godsend, bless you Janey.
After crossing three ancient bridges that were part of the medieval London/Holyhead road, we took the canal route escorted by Phil and Mags Tyler into Chester to complete this first leg. We stood in the centre of the walled city beside a dismal piece of stone named the Chester Cross. I have 12 impressive Eleanor Crosses in my invisible carpet bag but had no urge to add this to the collection. I had to note St. Peters beside us as we simply confessed our journey as individuals and as a group, to see all 'lids' of control removed. 'The Crossed Keys' recall the keys to the kingdom of heaven promised to Saint Peter. They were an emblem held by the 'head of the Church' over the western roman empire. The fact that Rome professed to have these keys was the persuading argument that handed an indigenous way of faith to the way of Rome at Whitby in 664. A finishing touch was to encounter a superb sculpture of a baby elephant called Janya (life) in Northgate. Elephants have been a theme in my walking that represents the east coming west to bring a balance to our western mindset, so to happen upon Janya was wonderful.
A team of walkers will return to Chester in June to walk south to Caerleon and some of these threads may develop more.The highlight of this walk was the team. They were complete stars and it was a pleasure to watch the camaraderie and Jesus encounter flourish amongst people unknown to each other before this walk. My huge gratitude goes to you Ruth Smith, Andrew Billingham, Dave Porter, Nicki Beaumont and Debs Robinson, amongst the blisters, laughter and bus hitching it was complete riot.
April 29th to May 2nd, I will be walking to Whitby from Lincoln to complete the walk already done from Selsey to Lincoln via Maidenhead. Having been there on 'pirates day' and on a 'day of toil', this third visit with be for The 'Rest' and the finished work of the Cross. Friday 29th April will be the royal wedding and the connections with Anglesey, Katherine, royal marriage and a love-match rather than blood, wealth or power are important keys that have been part of this journey. My son Aidan will be 13 on this day and is so named for the sake of the 'Fire of the North'.
(2) APRIL 29TH-MAY2ND LINCOLN TO WHITBY