(Want to start from the begining?)
Surrender. Just confess everything that's been on your heart and in your actions, Tell God all about it (not for His sake but for yours). Then, when you're ready, read Mark Seven.
I like women's ministry. For awhile, I was super against it. Mostly because I felt like it was meant to be a place where mother's could complain about laundry and speakers could tell the congregation to be more confident. Skeptical, I know.
How naive I was. I have since grown to love women's ministry.
So, when ever I read the Bible I think of what would build other women up--what would push them closer to the feet of Jesus.
Because of this, I love it when I get to watch Jesus talk with strong, faithful women.
So join me for a moment in verses 24-30.
Before we begin to take a look at to how the woman must have felt--let's look at Jesus. He was tired. He had given all He could and people still wanted more. He was run down and still expected to be the amazing God on Earth that He truly is. He was sneaking around, trying to just get a little rest. But He "could not escape notice." You read the chapter, Jesus responds. He doesn't have to, but He always does! Grace! Mercy! Jesus!
If you are in ministry or you're just one hard workin' moma, take comfort in the fact that even Jesus felt like He was at His wits end. You can do this.
So now onto the woman:
For a moment, think about the person in your life who you would do anything for--your ride or die as the say. The person who no matter what they do you're in their corner, you have their back. Always.
In this case, that person is the woman's daughter. She would do anything for her. Including, desperately seek Jesus into her current situation.
Anything. She would do anything.
Look at what the woman was up against:
1. She was a gentile and Jesus a Jew--culturally, she had no room to ask for anything.
2. She was a woman--culturally, she had no room to ask for anything.
3. Satan has her daughter--he was working against her.
4. Jesus and His Disciples wanted rest--even if she did ask, would He heal her daughter?
5. She had to keep asking--you only do that if there is no answer at first.
I wish I was more like this woman. Sometimes, I think I'm too quick to quit. Or, more realistically, I'm too quick to try to do things by my own strength.
She overcame and fought to desperately seek Jesus into her current situation. Even when He was quick to answer with a no, she begged Him.
She said even dogs get scraps and that's all she needed for her baby girl--scraps.
Out of the 37 miracles recorded in the Gospels, 4 of them have to do directly with women. This is one of them. What did you learn that I didn't? What did God show you? How can you be more like this woman in the next week?
Here at Desperately Dependent, I write about how I need God much more than He needs me. I write about how living the Spirit Filled Life is changing me and the people around me. And how so many 'failures' and awkward situations arise from being a Christian Twenty Something.