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Sabrina Gauer

Faith, Life & The Journey

When It’s Better To Be Uprooted

“Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” –  Colossians 2:7

I winced a bit as I gingerly wiggled the plant in its temporary potted situation. I needed it to come loose and put it in its new home — a spacious terra cotta. But this guy was adamant about staying packed into a makeshift home I had put him in last year after he fell off the windowsill (I’m trying to help you, buddy!!).

The job of replanting ended up requiring a butter knife, losing a few stems, and a big mess of roots and dirt before I was able to successfully dislodge him from his temporary housing into his more permanent (and much more comfortable!) place of growth.

And then I started thinking about life and how, as humans, we like what we know. We get comfortable, even when the place of “comfort” might not be what’s best for us. We are firmly wedged into our routines, schedules, families, friends, etc.

But what if uprooting is what’s best? What if there’s a BETTER place of promise beyond what we can see from our stubborn hold on what we think our lives should be?

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The One Who Sees

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Kahama Farms, Kaua’i

“You split the sea so I could walk right through it, my fears were drowned in perfect love. You rescued me so I could stand and sing, I am a Child of God.” — Bethel Music

Writing a blog post on my phone is very annoying — BUT I just needed to take a second to acknowledge the power, grace, and love of Jesus in my life.

First of all, making the decision to get on that plane last week and go lead worship for Still Waters Cancer Retreat was TERRIFYING. Never had I ever felt so vulnerable, afraid, and out of my element. I wrestled with so many questions, like “what if I can’t sing? What if the tumor starts hurting? What if people notice my lisp? What if I’m not good enough? What if…”

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Running the Race

“That’s why we have to start. That’s why we have to go first. That’s why we have to be brave — so that others will be inspired to be brave along with us.” – Annie Downs

 

The other night, after a particularly hard day, I lay awake for hours, wondering, “How much longer, Lord?” I definitely expected natural treatments to be easier. I don’t know what I was thinking — a battle is still a battle, whether you fight it with machine guns or swords or fists.

When Jesus calls you to walk on the water, it means to be completely unsure of anything except His outstretched hand. Knowing without a doubt that He’d never let you drown. He has never failed you, and He won’t stop now, no matter what you’re facing in this life. 

My body is at war with itself. And I’m doing my best to breathe, stay present, allow the process to happen, press on through the physical pain, the mental fatigue, and keep reminding myself that I chose a different healing path for a reason; God has led me here, He knows what it’s going to take to get me through this. “I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron.” (Isaiah 45:2)

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