22 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.”
23 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.”
24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”
25 The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.
26 He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”
27 “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”
28 Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.
I am inspired when I read about stories of people who don’t give up and are very persistent. Michael Jordan tried for the varsity basketball team during his sophomore year because coaches thought he was too short to play at that level. Colonel Sanders is famous for his chicken, but he had failed careers as a lawyer, insurance salesman, lamp salesman and tire salesman. Thomas Edison and his team tested more than 3000 designs for bulbs between 1878 and 1880 and tested more than 6000 plants to determine which material would burn the longest. These are a few examples of people who were persistent in achieving their goals.
This Canaanite woman is a foreigner and she still was bold enough to go up to Jesus and ask Jesus to help her. Even after being told that Jesus was there only for the nation of Israel, her faith was persistent until Jesus recognized that her faith was genuine and she really believed that Jesus is the answer. Her goal was to get her daughter healed. She knew that there was little hope in finding somebody who can drive out the demon from her daughter until she heard that there was a man in Galilee who was healing the sick, preaching the good news and driving out demons. Although the Pharisees claim that Jesus was himself the prince of demons, this woman’s hope and faith built up as she took the journey to find Jesus. Whatever we have going in our lives, we can be inspired by those before us who were persistent and eventually succeeded. They had their fair share of failures, but kept going until success came.