Sunrise over the beach. Punta Cana

When you go down a street lined with palm trees, don’t you feel like entering a palace or a king’s court? There is something in the palm trees that transports your mind.

Did you know that in Florida there are about 13 types of native palms, but the coconut palm is not? The coconut was brought by the Spaniards in 1878. On the voyage, back to Spain, the vessel suffered a shipwrecked with a cargo of 20,000 coconuts being scattered along the eastern coasts of Florida. These were planted and harvested by the settlers. Even more curious is the fact that the coconut palm, from the genetic point of view, descends from one of two groups: one of the palms of the coasts of India and the other of the palms of Southeast Asia. They are trees resistant to high salinity, drought, hurricanes; have a strong and flexible trunk with deep roots, has evergreen branches on top of the trunk, and fruits protected by a hard shell.

In the Old Testament when Solomon was to build the temple for God according to His instructions, the doors were adorned with cherubim and palm trees (1 Kings 6:32). Also, palm trees and chains carved in fine gold (2 Chronicles 3: 5). Even in the visions of Ezekiel God gave him specific instructions, the arches of the doors and all the walls of the temple, palm trees and cherubs were carved (Ezekiel 41: 18-20). Do God want to tell us something?

In my opinion, from the spiritual point of view, we have similar qualities to the palms trees: as we get closer and know God more, our being (soul and spirit) is more “righteous”, directed towards Him. It says in 2 Peter 1: 3 “By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.” The branches that adorn the top appear to rise to the sky moved by the wind, so do we, raise our arms surrendered to Him in adoration, humbled and in thanksgiving; “But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way” (see John 4:23). Jesus left us the Holy Spirit to comfort us, strengthen us in all situations and resist the enemy. “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation”(see Romans 5:3,4). The palm fruit is sweet, nutritious inside a hard shell; we begin with a coarse lining, but when we allow Jesus in our hearts, His love transforms us, and we begin to manifest the fruit of the spirit (see Galatians 5:22). 1 Corinthians 13 sums up our lives best: “ If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

WE ARE LOVED and we can’t resist to love Him back. A palm tree is crowned with evergreen branches, so do we. We have been crowned as co-heirs of heaven’s kingdom out of LOVE and grace.