I had the pleasure and joy of experiencing Disney’s The Lion King recently at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville, TN. All I had heard was that it was a unique show that I had to see…much better than the cartoon.
My wife and I went with her brother and mother. They had been. I had not. When we got there, the announcer would come over the loud speaker and say that there is a mandatory hold on people who got there late. So we would have to be sure to get our seats before the show started. “You don’t want to miss it!” she declared.
That got me quite excited. My wife knew what was coming. I did not.
I was ready to get to my seat! We to our seats and have a wonderful view. We had got these tickets months ago, so I was ready to finally catch this Broadway Musical.
The lights go down.
The crowd goes silent.
And then Rafiki kicks off the night with this…
I was stunned! I could not believe what I saw. I was drawn to these lyrics. I knew deep down that what Rafiki was blaring at the beginning of this clip was something my spirit was drawn to and would draw Life from.
Thank you Google.
Here are the lyrics to the beginning of the performance from Rafiki. It is Zulu. Translated from isizulu.net.
Nansi ingonyama abakithi Baba [Here comes a lion, Father]
Sithi m ingonyama [We say, he’s a lion]
Nansi ingonyama abakithi Baba
Sithi m ingonyama
Siya Nqoba [We’re going to conquer]
Ingonyama nenge enamabala [A lion and a leopard come to this open place]
Perhaps there are stronger lyrics to state the destiny of Simba. I don’t know if there are. And if you are able to see Christ in these lyrics and expression, perhaps you will accept your destiny.
You are a lion.
We will conquer.
We are in this place together.
If Disney’s The Lion King comes to your area, be sure you’re on time. Be sure you are in your seat when the lights go out. Because Rafiki has something to say to you.
Rafiki may be a baboon, but Rafiki isn’t monkeying around.
Rafiki knows who you are.
In honor of the anniversary of the passing of Watchman Nee (May 30), may the Lion in you be released and may you realize Who lives in you with the same passion and conviction that our brother Watchman Nee displayed to help release other Lions from their shackles.