Treasure in the Tropics

Nativity Christmas OrnamentThe palm tree bathing in the hot tropical sun. The mango tree decorated full with its own delicious ornaments. The desire for an ice-cold Coke to cool oneself off from the blazing heat.

Yep, it’s Christmastime in the tropics!

The first Christmas that my family spent over here was a bit rough. A bit sad. My mind was assaulted with all the things I was missing: family, foods, familiar traditions, rows of houses decorated in bright lights, Christmas events, and more.

It was an abrupt change. An adjustment. Perhaps better said, a re-alignment.

Now, after several Christmases away from “home,” we have grown to deeply treasure Christmas. The simple, raw Christmas. The there-is-nothing-better-than-worshipping-my-King Christmas.

Being away from the comforts and familiarity of “home” has caused us to truly treasure Christ as the most desirable gift of all. The One who satisfies and fulfills all of the longings of our souls throughout the Christmas season (and all seasons). He is the treasure.

    • *Jesus is our closest family in whom we can enjoy the sweetest fellowship and joyous celebration!

*Jesus is the Bread of Life in whom we can partake freely and lavishly!

*Jesus adorns this whole world with unique and specific touches of His majesty during Christmastime. In America it is beautifully laden snow, and here it is clear, turquoise waters!

*Jesus is the Light of the World, so whether our house has literal lights displayed or not, His light adorns our home and hearts always!

So, wherever you or I find ourselves this Christmas, let us remember and enjoy the gift that we possess that will be with us wherever we go—Jesus, our Lord and Savior!

Behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11


  • Joanne Vegter says:

    I came to Irian Jaya with my husband, just before our first wedding anniversary, we were expecting our first child. We spent 15 Christmases in a row there, because furlough times were always spring/summer. Moving back to Canada with six children was a shocker, especially at times like Christmas. In the village, we had REAL Christmas with the local Chritians. It was a celebration of Christ’s birth. Here, it almost gets lost 🙁

  • Paula Fuller says:

    That was beautiful. Thank you God bless you all over there!!!

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