If you’ve ever shoved away a begging dog, I think you’ll agree that their hot steamy breath and pressing bodies are always quite irritating. Our dog Olaf hasn’t learned how to avoid stepping on our toes under our table and he hasn’t learned how to keep his wet nose off of our ankles either. He loves to sniff and sniff around for all the newest crumbs. I feel like Olaf sometimes.
At some point during my day, I slip away and find a chair to nestle into. I come hungry and thirsty. I open my Bible and am humbled by God’s powerful word. In many ways I see myself as a beggar like Olaf. I wonder, do I take in God’s word in much the same way? Do I seek after God relentlessly to supply whatever He’s willing to give me–a nibble here and a savory morsel there? Like our dog, I sit at the Lord’s feet with the hopes of receiving anything He believes I need, and yet, in the back of my mind–I’m always desiring a feast.
It’s a humble place.
It’s a quiet place.
It’s a desperate place.
Because Jesus is the only one that can supply my greatest need, I believe it’s a good place. In the book of Matthew 15, He’s sought after by the mother of a demon possessed daughter and Jesus doesn’t turn her away, instead, he sees her faith. She kneels at Jesus’ feet, as a non-Jew. The woman believes Him to be the Son of God–able to heal her daughter. If He’d just say the word, it’d be done. She’s persistent. She may have even seemed irritating to those with Jesus at the moment, but He looks past her outward appearance and sees deep into her heart. Are we willing to become vulnerable and allow Jesus to gaze into the deepest places of our hearts?
The Faith of a Canaanite Woman
“Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.” Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said. 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.” Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.” New International Version (NIV)
On this Easter weekend–I pray that we will choose to press into Jesus, nudge Him in prayer, seek Him with persistence, intercede faithfully for those we love, and allow Him free access into the depths of who we are.
There’s no time like today.
His crumbs are waiting for us by His grace.
“May God bless you on this Resurrection weekend! I pray that you will find a church family to celebrate our risen Savior and worship with! Love, Kelly”