He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”
A mother’s persistent love can overcome many obstacles. Matthew 15:21-28 shows the example of a mother who never gave up. Her daughter was suffering terribly, and she knew Jesus was able to heal her. She was basically told – by Jesus, himself – that she wasn’t important enough for him to stop and listen to her.
Did she get offended? No. It took a special “mother’s boldness” for her to continue pressing Jesus for his healing touch for her daughter.
Personally, I think that Jesus knew he was going to heal the woman’s daughter, but let her make a big scene in front of the disciples so he could teach about the woman’s great faith. I think Jesus was paying attention to her, but he had to let the woman wake up The Twelve. She was willing to eat the breadcrumbs when the disciples weren’t eating the bread on their plates.
Sometimes Jesus lets us press into him just a little bit more before he answers our prayers. It may be so we’ll get passionate about what we’re praying about, or it may be so someone else will notice what God does in that situation.
We say we’re Christians, but we often need a little lesson on walking with God. Christians get into a religious rut and stop depending on God at times. It is during those times that God pushes us to wake up and use our faith more than we ever have. We need to be persistent. We need a closer relationship with Him.
God is the fire that warms our hearts. If we don’t stay close to Him, our hearts get cold. I think Jesus uses people like the mother with the sick child to wake us all up and encourage us to get closer. When you and I see a surprising “faith event” like the mother’s persistence, we should check the temperature of our hearts and see if we’re the ones God wanted to challenge.