I recently learned that we received 57,000,000 gallons of orange juice here at Port Manatee in 2020.  My ship count totals 14 tankers (called reefers) and many other container ships with smaller tanks on them. Let me do some math in approximation. If the average truck tank is 8,000 gallons, then it takes 137 trucks per week to haul away that juice. I cannot imagine how many trees it takes to grow the oranges. In any case think of the growers, ship crews, port workers and truckers who worked hard for you to have delicious juice this morning. By the way, it must be refrigerated for all the steps after being squeezed.  Yes, oranges are still grown in Florida, but there is a current decline due to a citrus disease.

Let’s remember the original giver of the orange tree, Our great and gracious God. Genesis 1:11-13 “Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.”