After living in West Des Moines, Iowa for nearly 23 years, in June 2012 I moved to Florida. Though palm trees don't grow in Iowa, I have always appreciated the beauty of palms. How ironic that I would eventually come to live in a place where palm trees flourish!
It was after reading a particular devotion, about how a palm tree reflects the life of a Christian, that palms came to represent a special symbol of faith for me.
When I look at a palm tree, I am reminded that its roots go deep to reach water, just as believers go deep into the living water of the Holy Word.
A thick trunk protects the precious core of a palm tree, just as our souls are protected by our physical body.
A palm tree becomes stronger and more resilient the more it is pushed and buffeted by strong winds. In the same way, a person who in adversity turns to God, will find herself drawn closer to God and her faith strengthened.
Palm fronds look like open hands! They reach out, just as each of us is invited to do by God. He calls us to extend our hands in love to the world around us.
May God bless you with flourishing palms!