Reflections on Mark 10 – Rafiki! It means friend in Swahili, one of the languages of Africa. When Jesus says, “Let the little children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God,” :14, I think of the precious children I met in Tanzania. Their reality is one of poverty far beyond what we know in America, yet they have a pure joy that is utterly magnificent. They sang songs for us, greeting us with a joy that still warms my heart. They receive our simple gifts, a piece of candy, a pencil, a ball, with more gratitude than one can put into words.
When I return one day, I will bring even more to share. Their joy is what Jesus loves. Their joy connects me to my Savior in a full and transforming fashion…and just recalling it now draws me back in to the childlike faith Jesus wants for me and you.
Beloved, can you grab ahold of a verse from chapter 10 and ask Jesus to bring it to life for you?