“The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
(John 3:8 NIV)

I love palm trees. Every time I see a palm tree it makes me feel like I’m on vacation because they only grow in warm locations. A hammock fastened in between the shade of two palm trees while sipping a cold tropical smoothie on a hot day is my idea of relaxation. Although palm trees are very tall and thin they rarely fall down. The palm tree is one of the most resilient trees. It can withstand hurricane force winds because of its great flexibility but when the sap stops flowing and the tree dies it will break easily in the storm. Rigid and lifeless people crack under sustained pressure. Believers in Jesus Christ are alive in the Holy Spirit and are flexible to bend in submission to the strong wind of conviction as the Holy Spirit addresses the deep issues of the soul.