Bob the builder, Canaanite woman on persistence

Are you a ‘Bob the builder’ fan? For those not in the know, ‘Bob the builder” is a very successful British made children’s animation series about, well, ‘Bob the builder”! First up. I need to confess I’ve never watched the program! However, I’m sure you and I both have heard its theme song at some time. As a parent or grandparent, you may have heard your child or grand-child sing it. You may even have heard it playing quietly in the background as you walked through a shopping centre. Here are some of the lyrics to jog your memory:

Bob the builder,
Can we fix it?
Bob the builder,
Yes, we can!
Time to get busy,
such a lot to do,
Building and fixing,
’till its good as new,
Bob and the gang
make a really good sound,
Working all day,
’till the sun goes down.
Digging and mixing
having so much fun
Working together
they get the job done,
Can we dig it? Yes!
Can we build it? Yes!
Can we fix it? Yes!

Did you know ‘Bob the builder’ has something in common with the likes of Diana Ross, Crosby-Still-Nash & Young, Phil Collins, George Harrison, Gloria Estefan, and Taylor Swift just to name a few? So, what is it they have in common I hear you ask? Well, some of the songs they each sing have persistence as a theme. The Macquarie Dictionary defines persistence as: to continue steadfastly or firmly in some state, purpose, course of action, or the like, especially despite opposition.

We see ‘steadfastness despite opposition’ in Matthew chapter 15 whereby Jesus encounters an unnamed Canaanite woman whose daughter is tormented by a demon. The text is an uncomfortable one because it seems to convey Jesus in a negative light, however, it is the unwavering persistence of the Canaanite woman, which shines through. It would go on to make a difference in her life and that of her daughter in a broader sense, it put the spot light on accepted practices of the time, due to misdirected observation of purity laws, of keeping people marginalised due to ethnicity, religion and gender.

My challenge to us as a church is to ask where in our life in God is God calling us to persist with? Space doesn’t permit me to explore what these could be but you have your own response. Whatever God is pointing out to you, allow me to conclude with St Paul’s words to the church in Galatians to encourage you with:

So, let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time, we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit.

(Galatians 6:9-The Message)

Can we, do it?
Yes, we can!

Peace on your Pentecost journey.

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