When you start to see God's plan for your life unfolding, you begin to look back on the steps that were taken to get you there. It's like going on a long trip and not knowing your destination or what you will encounter. But that's just life, isn't it? Except, when God's involved, those stops and encounters have a purpose. Sometimes there are markers and monuments where the events changed your life significantly and we may even be lucky to still be alive. Those are the moments that our direction changed. Good or bad, we ended up here, today, right now, right where God wants us to be. The road was rough and we have the scars to prove it, but that's just it, we have scars not gaping wounds. Those injuries have healed and we are better for having gone through those challenges. Now we can look back at those markers with a grateful heart and thank God, even though we went through some tragedies, we've made it to this point and have gained the riches of wisdom and spiritual growth along the way.
Then God went up from him in the place where he had spoken with him. And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he had spoken with him, a pillar of stone. He poured out a drink offering on it and poured oil on it. Genesis 35:13-14