Just like the Canaanite woman did in the Gospel of Matthew.
She knew that this man passing through her region was the one to heal her daughter. She knew he was the son of David. She knew he was God and she was not going to back down from beseeching him to heal her daughter.
Have you ever prayed to God for something really important and nothing happened? Was it like God was not hearing you, ignoring you, perhaps had abandoned you?
I have certainly been there! Unlike this Canaanite woman, I did give up. I even turned my back on God; I’m very ashamed to confess. I am blessed to have been drawn back to the all knowing and loving Creator in spite of my disobedience.
The message today struck me hard. I know now that sometimes when God seems to be silent and not answering our prayers there is always something deeper going on.
Looking back now at situations I realize the error of what I was asking for on various occasions. Some things were not the best course of action for me, although I was sure it would have been at the time. Other times what I was praying for wasn’t the best option for those I was praying about. I’ve looked real hard at my life and understand a little more than I did before mass today.
If I know I am asking for something righteous and truly in line with God’s way and the teachings we have from Jesus at our fingertips to learn, then I should never back down, never stop praying.
The Canaanite woman didn’t. She knew who she was talking to and she didn’t care that she was way out of line for speaking to him (first of all a woman in that time was never to speak to a strange man, and especially one of authority, and it was clear that this Jew was someone!), and besides Canaanites were hated by the Jews, yet she persisted to ask help of this man.
Why would she do that? He had ignored her, then he insulted her as a Jew might telling her he had been sent to take care of the “House of Israel”, not the likes of her.
But she persisted because she knew this was more than a Jewish man, this was God!
Of course Jesus heard her, and he wasn’t really ignoring her, even when his disciples with him tried to encourage him to move away from her. He was testing her.
I realize better now what this means, that God will test us. Not like your professors who want to write a hard quiz and really don’t care if you pass or not, but like a good teacher that wants to find out that you understand and “get” the material that is important for getting along in this life.
You would think the humiliation he dealt her next would have silenced her. Remember that she and her countrymen were thought of as lower that low. Jesus presented one more test when he told her it wasn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the little dogs.
Wow. Talk about a slap in the face. That was cruel. Did she quit? No! She knew this was more than a man and that he was her only hope for saving her daughter.
Verse 27 – “She retorted, ‘Ah yes, Lord; but even little dogs eat the scraps that fall from their masters’ table.”
Jesus already knows what is in our hearts. He didn’t have to execute this terrible quiz for her benefit. Anyone listening to this exchange needed this example. We, today, have it documented in God’s Holy Word. If we choose to read it and be led to its understanding by the aid of the Holy Spirit, that exchange will also benefit us.
I wonder if she ever doubted, like I have. During this exchange, did it ever cross her mind that in spite of this being the Lord, would he not help her so she might as well just turn and walk away? We do not know her thoughts. The one thing that is important is that she did not stop believing the Lord God would help her and that she would not turn away.
We just have to keep asking.
My faith has been strengthened by today’s message, and I hope you will read it for yourself and take it to heart. Matthew 15:21-28
This evening I made a card, but I’m not sharing it on my blog. It is a sympathy card for a friend who’s father has passed away. I think this should be left private between us.
I do have two cards that I’ve finished in the last couple of days just so you might be inspired by something crafty after my outpouring of my soul.
I had some “Saving cream” paper left over from a precious challenge that I used gold embossing powder for the flower. The leaves are stamped in the same color of ink as the paper, Fun Stampers Journey Limeade Splash, and then I put clear embossing powder over it. The Fall card was stamped on watercolor paper and I used wc pencils on it.
I leave you with this final thought – Believe in God, never give up or turn your back -your faith is stronger than you know.
Crafty hugs, too!