“Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.” –Hosea 6:3

Surely . . .

One of my favorite descriptors attached the Lord and his presence in this world. Surely he will appear. Surely he will come to us.

When will he appear? When will come?

When we acknowledge him and as we press on to acknowledge him.

Surely Christ is already here, but as our hearts become more attuned to his presence—more inclined to notice him in the everydayness that often escapes our perception—we realize that his fingerprints are all around us.

He cleanses afflicted thoughts with rain from his heavenly storehouses.

He colors gloomy dispositions with brilliant yellows and greens from his artist’s palette.

He softens prickly attitudes with the tenderness of a petal.

He enlivens dulled senses with the aroma of new birth.

Surely he has walked in this garden, long before I took notice. The life he has planted in this place has sprung forth as fresh grace, enriching the soil and enlarging my heart.

I am not alone in this garden of goodness. God is surely here, and so are you, friend. Today I pray for you the cleansing, coloring, softening and enlivening revelation of our Creator in your little corner of the world. If your thoughts are afflicted, your disposition gloomy, your attitude prickly, and your senses dulled by circumstance, then I invite you to step outside into the garden of grace.

Acknowledge the Lord; press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, the Lord will appear. Not to frighten us nor to harm us, but to give us his kingdom . . . one petal at a time. Oh the rich favor and promise we hold as kids of the kingdom!

Peace to your house this day; the kingdom of God is near you.

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7 Responses to Surely

  1. Such a needed reminder to my heart. He IS here. He IS walking beside me. He IS able. No matter the circumstance….He IS. Such comfort to my heart.

  2. Amen! As always, your words are a beautiful and timely reminder of the lavish grace of our Father. Love and hugs…

  3. Beautiful words, Elaine. God gifted you to see MUCH BEAUTY in even the smallest words. Praying for all our “surely’s” today to be revealed through Him.

  4. The garden of grace — love that, Elaine. And how thankful I am that God is surely here, that he is surely with me at all times. Blessings to you this week!

  5. Elaine, I so needed this dose of encouragement. In a time of great changes in my life, I am anchored by the knowledge that Jesus is the same – yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

    Surely He will hold me…surely.


  6. The verse you quoted above is one of my favorites. And this post… What beautiful words to describe the springtime garden where you find yourself… a garden of grace you have called it. How apt… anything that has grace in it, I am definitely attracted to. This is a grace starved world in which we live, dear friend. Abba Father best knows how to pour grace into our hearts. Have a wonderful Pentecost morning, surely a day overflowing with His gentle presence. It was, for me. Much love, Lidia

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