Miles ahead and Miles Behind

I looked down at the odometer in the car today and was surprised.  On my drive from California I drove through Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma until I finally arrived in Bella Vista, Arkansas.  In total, I drove more than 2,000 miles.  I watched as the miles racked up quickly.  On a long drive, this happens.  In the few days since arriving here, it seems like I also have driven a lot.  Everything is spread out and it takes more time and miles to carry out simple tasks.  I have a suspicion that Thailand will be the same.

These past few months have been all at once dragging slowly and at the same time a blur.  So much to do and yet the goals seemed so far away.  California is miles behind and Thailand is miles ahead.  I am learning again the balance of keeping a keen eye on the past and on the future while living in the moment.  There are rare occasions that I multitask well and this is not one of them.  A few years ago, God took me on this journey of learning to celebrate with him.  Over the course of our lives, we dream big dreams and smaller dreams as we discover what God has created us to do, the stuff that makes us come alive.   When I was younger, I had dreams of exploring distant places and learning about different cultures, languages, and cuisines.  I also dreamed about learning guitar and writing music and getting to make albums and maybe even performing.  I was living in Kazakhstan when I realized that I was actually living out the stuff that I had always dreamed of.  I was learning the ways of a people who had always lived on the opposite side of the planet from me.  I learned to write songs while I was there and I actually got to be part of a recording project.

There was a moment when God stopped me and said, “See all that I have done in your life.  Take time and celebrate with me.”  I realized that I was so focussed on writing more songs and learning the language better and even looking to future dreams that I was not stopping to celebrate all the dreams that God had been making come true.  Inherently, we are good at looking forward to the future all the time.  If we are not careful we wind up looking back on our lives never having really experienced much of it in the moment.  The truth is, when we look back at the dreams and callings God has given us, we will be so much more satisfied in life and in Him when we celebrate the dreams that we are reaching today.  This honors Him and sets our hearts in a state of worship, giving Him the glory.  Instead of endlessly chasing that which is miles ahead, we simply point the car that direction and stop at each rest stop and celebrate all that is around us.  Each moment is a gift and without the miles ahead that leads me forth from the miles behind, I never would have arrived at this place and time to meet with God.

What dreams have you had that are coming true now?  What are the dreams that God is in the process of making come true?  How are you celebrating all this with Him?


  1. Good word, Jay. Thanks for the post.

  2. Glad I found your blog! Good to see ya’ll are moving towards your dreams and goals!

  3. Hey Jay,
    I enjoyed reading your post and look forward to hearing more about your present moments. Tonight I took time to enjoy a gorgeous sunset over the Bay. It was all kinds of oranges and reds with the Bay looking silvery blue. Doing things like that allow me to celebrate and be grateful for all I have in my life.
    Please give Mel and Charlie big hugs for me!!

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