Madaraka Day is Kenya’s independence day.This year it’s a unique one since people can’t meet to celebrate due to the COVID19 pandemic.
As I grew up, people would travel to spend time with family. For us it was a day away from school and also enjoy a whole morning watching patriotic songs. We also had the entertainment show at Nairobi (the capital city) which was then followed by speeches. I hardly listened to the speeches, but I always enjoyed the entertainment shows which were a whole combination of our different cultures, given that Kenya has 42 tribes culture is really diverse. There was also a lot of music and comedy.
Well now I know what this day actually means. Kenya like many other countries was a colony of the British. This was until the 1950’s when our forefathers started to revolt against the colonial rule and the policies imposed on them. Thousands of Kenyans died, many others spend days in prison. They didn’t have guns like the British soldiers but they had a determination to get freedom for themselves and the entire nation. Not forgetting the brave women who worked in the farms, took care of the children and also managed to cook and snick some food to the forest for the soldiers who were fighting.
Then finally their efforts bore fruits, in 1st June 1963 Kenya got self governance. At times I just sit and imagine how joyful that was. Finally not being slaves in their own land, today we celebrate yet we will never understand what the freedom fighters went through to pay the price.
This is very similar to what happened on the cross. God became man, lived on the earth He had created, with determination to save His lost sheep. He then was bitten, mocked, and lastly crucified for us. We will never understand what Jesus went through hanging on that tree, nor what God the Father felt as He turned His face away from His son. However the Christians freedom day is slightly different from the national independence day.We experience this freedom in different days and in different circumstances, we all have our own independence day, the day the price paid on the cross is revealed to us individually.
My question is have you started celebrating your independence day? Has the cross been unveiled to you? If not, today can be your spiritual independence day, all you need to do is welcome Christ into your heart and get the spiritual freedom. May today be your most amazing day.