Why We Should Learn to Love the Color Orange

Why We Should Learn to Love the Color Orange November 2, 2019


Once upon a time, I would have insisted I did not like the color orange.

That now strikes me as a very silly thing to say.

It’s strange to remember what strong opinions I once had: I didn’t like orange, I couldn’t understand the appeal of boring green shrubs, I thought the growing of vegetables a tedious affair (isn’t that what supermarkets are for?).

But then I began to tend the soil. Now even orange flowers are an astonishing gift. Now, like a proud parent, I will tell anyone who walks through my garden in summer that I grew the six-foot-tall, vivid orange Mexican sunflowers myself from a packet of seed.

And aren’t they a wonder?

It’s a funny thing to consider how opinionated we can be about things in which we don’t participate.

Perhaps growing in wisdom and maturity looks like learning to love and appreciate more and more of this world–the orange flowers and the harsh desert landscapes and even the slimy seedweed on the beach.

Isn’t it all a wonder?


Here are a few ordinary “wonders” for your Saturday morning:






Today, may you taste and see that the Lord is good (good like orange flowers, autumn leaves, the smell of woodsmoke, and the sweet taste of caramel).

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  • Katie

    “Isn’t it a funny thing to consider how opinionated we can be about things in which we don’t participate?”
    True. Guilty.
    And OH those orange flowers!!! I love Brent and Becky’s Bulbs:) Visited there a couple of years ago. We live about two hours from there and had seen them featured in a gardening magazine. Definitely worth the trip.
    Thank you for this meaningful post, Christie.

  • Lynn Morrissey

    I get this Christie! Have never liked orange . . . and yet, as I think about it, I love pumpkins, acorn squash, orange leaves mingled with red and some still green and all fluttering against a cornflower sky, but orange sunflowers? Really?? Where can I buy those seeds? I am enamored with sunflowers of the yellow variety, and God has taught me powerful lessons through them about growth and living a heliotropic life, always turning my face towards the Son! Love you, and love your writing, always. Enjoyed your ITM publication, too! xo Lynn