One of the striking features of summer in the Rio Grande Valley are the giant cottonwood trees. But these gnarly trunks and spacious branches yield a pleasant surprise--snow! Well not really, that's what it looks like to out on a walk or bike ride during the day. These cottonwood seeds dance in the summer sun and blow everywhere. Today as I was preparing the weekend message about heaven I thought of something Jesus said, "The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from or where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit." (John 3:8). This verse comes alive when the cottonwood seeds are in the air. They swirl and swim in every direction indicating the presence of wind. You can see the wind's effect and hear it as it goes by. All these millions of tiny "growth possibilities" tell the world that the wind is on the move. I have been so grateful for the move of God's Holy Spirit lately: I've seen so many come to Christ in the last few weeks. I've seen and heard of God renewing His work deep into the hearts of several people I know who are no longer satisfied with a mediocre Christian experience. Thank-you, Lord for the fresh wind of Your Spirit blowing life in every direction!