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Oranges in Winter
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As I look out my window this clear but cool winter morning here in Los Angeles, I can't help but see the abundant oranges and lemons which are hanging off the two citrus trees which are in our yard. It has always been a humbling and thrilling thing to me to be able to go outside my door and pick something from my yard that I can eat. No grocery store, no swiping of ATM cards, no dealing with parking or people. Just go outside, pick the food and eat.

Now if we are to believe double-Nobel prize winning chemist Linus Pauling, there is great remedial nutrition in the ascorbic acid which is produced in abundance in lemons and oranges. He posited that mega-dosage of Vitamin C would help in the prevention of colds. While mega-vitamin theory has never gained wide acceptance, I believe his influence with linking Vitamin C with the prevention of colds has become an integral part of our culture.

Even if oranges and lemons have a limited effect upon our ability to ward off colds, it is anamazing wonder to me that at the very time our systems might need such a boost, God has an abundance of Vitamin C being produced in citrus trees. It is such God-like quality to care for his children, to anticipate their needs and to provide resources to keep us healthy and strong.

God's help is always at hand

And like the lemon and orange trees outside my window, God's help is always close at hand. His Word, love and wisdom are not resources that demand painful pilgrimages or check cards. They are always as near as a thought and as free as the air. By having faith in His promises we may overcome every sin, have wisdom for every problem and get courage in every ordeal.

Like oranges in winter, the healing properties of the fruit does us no good unless we partake of its sweet but sour goodness. The Bible encourages us to "taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the person who takes refuge in Him" (Psalm 34:7). May the Lord richly bless us all with an abundant faith today . . . an abundance of oranges in all of our winters.

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