While walking past a table in a restaurant, I couldn’t help but notice a round table thatstood out like a crime scene—of food. Myhusband turned to me and said, “It looks like afood apocalypse took place here!” All kinds ofcrumbs were lying all over the floor and aroundthe table. There were smashed green beans, something that resembled noodles smeared in the seat, spilled milk, unrecognizable foodand crumbs littered everywhere. It was everybusboy’s worst nightmare.
However, this was no mystery to me or anyother mom for that matter. I knew exactly whathappened at this table. A child was there and marked his/her territory. Every mom knows when you have children, you have crumbs.There are crumbs on floors, in car seats, underseats, between couch cushions, on tables, under the bed, in bed between sheets (nothing worsethan that), and God forbid, between the churchpews. Kids are prone to dropping food, sobecause of this, I thank the Lord for vacuum cleaners, In & Out Car Wash, and dogs!
To a mother, crumbs can be a nuisance, but inMatthew 15:22-28, crumbs were key ingredientsto a miracle. This passage depicts a desperate mother. The days of holding her daughter, singing lullabies, and dreaming of her future seemed unobtainable because something was terribly wrong. That’s why this mother went toJesus, but at first, He gave no response at all.
Like that mother, we’ve all been there. We prayed, yet we hear nothing, feel nothing, and see nothing. After a while, Jesus gave the factsabout the situation saying, “I am sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (not to Gentiles).He was saying she wasn’t eligible for a miracle— yet. To this family, Jesus’ response could have been viewed as a roadblock. However, instead of giving up when she heard the facts, she chose to change her approach.
She began to worship Jesus. Her actions said,I see the facts, but You are still able. Viewing this mother as an example for all of us, we must worship Jesus even in the toughest of battles. Worship is not and should not be connected to our situation or our feelings! What we are going through should not determine whether or not we worship. According to the Book of Acts, chains are broken when there is worship and praise. “And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s bands were loosed” (Acts 16:25-26).
Paul and Silas’ experience proves that when we engage in worship, God takes notice! Things look clearer after we spend time in praise and worship to the Lord. Moreover, our faith rises.Inspiration came to this woman after sheworshiped. When she heard the combination of the words “children” and “bread,” she knew there was hope! Where there are children, there are always crumbs.
Jesus left the door open for her when He gave this example of the children and bread. Looking for any ounce of hope, she grabbed those wordslike a sharp, quick-thinking mother and said (if I can word it like this), Truth, Lord, but where there are children, there are always crumbs.
At that moment, she dug her heels in withfaith and said, “I’m not giving up. I’m going to keep worshiping, keep asking, and keep believing.” Jesus responded to her faith by saying, “O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.” Jesus, God Almighty, reached into the future—into the dispensation of the Gentiles—and pulled out a miracle for her and her daughter.
Every mother who contends, intercedes, and prays for her children, whether the children
are living for God or not, has the potential to change the course of history for her children. Although there may be only crumbs of hope right now, don’t stop worshiping, don’t stop asking, and don’t stop believing! We know our God is well “able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to thepower that worketh in us” (Ephesians 3:20).«
Kimberly Bulgrin serves as the Ohio Ladies Ministries representative for section one. Ken andKimberly Bulgrin pastor First Apostolic Church in Tallmadge, Ohio.