Periodically, I take a serious look back on my past pursuits and decisions. I feel it gives me insight into how I got where I am.

The positive outcomes help me to see what steps I took and if they were a direct path or not. I closely examine how God gave me His guidance.

In reflecting upon the not so positive outcomes, I can see if I was making poor choices or perhaps trying to take matters into my own hands, taking me to a dead end. It forces me to acknowledge to myself if I let go of God’s hand. Did I run ahead of God and try to find my point of success? And at what point did my plan take a turn for a poor outcome?

Either way, I reflect on the redemptive value that those paths led me to. Was the experience a lesson or opportunity to grow when I identify what redeeming factor is staring me in the face?

For me, finding the redeeming value helps to process the lesson, the experience, and in knowing what my short-coming was, so I can make an effort to avoid the same issues in the future.

This approach to reflective practice allows me to understand what God is showing me. 

For this God is our God forever and ever, He will be our guide even to death.

PSALM 48:14