Saturday: 2nd March, 2019
Reference text: Mark 10:13-16
Mark 10:13 And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them.
Young children are deemed incapable of making significant and important life choices therefore, parents and guardians often make these decisions on their behalf. Most of the time, it is evident that parents want the very best for their children: they work hard to give them the best education, the best provision and strive to ensure that they have access to the best opportunities life can offer.
In many ways, parents are like the fuel that drive their children along. So, just as one can halt the movement of a car by shutting off its engine, when a barrier is created between parents and their children, the amount of support that needs to be available is limited and eventually, it is the child who suffers.
This is the picture I thought of as I read the Gospel. The disciples did not say anything to the children, but to the parents and guardians who brought them. At a glance, this sounds like no big deal, but by virtue of this rebuke; if those parents gave up and stopped presenting their children to Jesus, those kids would have missed the touch of his hand.
I may not be a parent yet, but I appreciate how much these people fight for their children amidst the myriad of obstacles many have to face in that quest. For that, they deserve nothing short of an applause and a standing ovation. So for current and future parents, be encouraged and be hopeful. Be strengthened because the very good things you want and will want for your children, Jesus also does.
Beloved, just as you want the best for your children, so does God. Therefore, don’t stop fighting for them and don’t cease presenting them to Jesus because He stands with you.