Who’s Waiting for Whom?

Jesus did not answer a word. Matthew 15:23

Ever been in those awkward and annoying situations when you’re waiting for someone only to find, as the minutes, hours or days slip away, she’s been waiting for you?

Give it up for miscommunication between humans.

Much in modern times has been written about waiting — as if scripture hasn’t already provided

enough on the subject. 


In the midst of this waiting season, I continue to pray, continue to hope, and continue to ask for strength.

And then this…

Jesus did not answer a word. Matthew 15:23

A Canaanite woman from the vicinity of Tyre and Sidon came to Jesus, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession.”

Okay. That would pose a problem. As the demon would have it, its possession brought trouble upon both mom and daughter. She was right to beg Jesus for help.

So how could Jesus not answer her?

After He corrects (again) the attitude of His disciples ~ whose sorry solution to the ‘problem’ was to send the woman away ~ she came and knelt before Jesus.

“Lord, help me!”

He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.”

“Yes, Lord,” she said, “but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”

Ah. The answer Jesus awaited. The one that prompted His rich and rewarding response…

“Woman, (a title of respect), you have great faith! Your request is granted.”

She waited.

Jesus waited.

And once she’d demonstrated a humble faith in Him, her daughter was healed from that very hour.

Maybe, just maybe, God’s agonizing silence while I wait means He’s waiting for… me.

Who’s waiting on whom?

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Is something required of me before He will move?

Yes. No. Maybe.

What might God say of my faith in the midst of the difficult season I’ve begged Him to end with a delightful whoosh of warm spring breezes? Is it evident that I trust Him to be as faithful as He’s promised? If not, His silence is for my sake, that I may learn to trust Him with a greater depth of sincerity and with pure devotion.

Are you waiting on God to act? In the mean time, what might He be waiting for you to say or do?

Please share your thoughts. I’d love to interact with you.