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. I’m in a dry and wearisome season of waiting for God to move. At least in the natural. In ways I can see, experience, wrap my brain around, and give testimony to. The hardness of it all has kept me on my knees which is, of course, the most effective way to avoid stumbling.


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?


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.

I’m called to praise Him in His silence and for His silence. ~Streams in the Desert 

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.


  1. Oh gosh, Mary, I didn’t want to hear this. We’ve been in a season of waiting/enduring, too. Maybe God is waiting on me to take another step of faith. *Sigh.* Going back on my knees…

    BTW-This is so good: “The most effective way to avoid stumbling is to stay on your knees.”

    • Mary Felkins says:

      Believe me, I didn’t want to hear it either 🙁 I pray for you, friend, in your own season of waiting, that you will stay on your knees. May we both give testimony to what He’s done to make us more like Him

  2. Margaret says:

    Waiting “in the meantime” can feel so much like a very “mean” time if we don’t trust our heavenly Father with everything we havend know He really has a plan for each one of us- on His timetable. Praying for you as you wait.

    • Mary Felkins says:

      Oh that’s so good! ‘Meantime’ does feel like MEAN time if my attitude isn’t aligned with the word of GOd. He is faithful and trustworthy is all things. Love you!

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