Back in 1953, there was a young company just starting out called Rocket Chemical Company and it had a staff of three who wanted to make a line of rust prevention solvents and degreaser that could be used in the fledgling aerospace industry. With a never say die attitude it took them 40 tries to be able to perfect their formula. And what was that formula? WD-40 which stands for Water Displacement, 40th attempt. Now that’s a true story of persistence!
In the gospel of Matthew you see a story of persistence as well “Jesus answered and said to her, ‘O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.'” Matthew 15:21-28 talks about the bold persistence of a Canaanite woman who had a daughter that was possessed by a demon. She felt that she had no hope for her daughter to ever get better until she heard about the man they called Jesus and that he was in her area.
The mother was desperate and she came to see Jesus because she believed deep in her heart that he could help her daughter. She cried out to him even thought it seemed that everything was against her and everyone seemed to also be against her and her daughter because of her race, her religious background, her gender, Satan and maybe even Jesus himself. But despite all of the obstacles that she had to face and overcome, she never gave up hope that this man Jesus could help her daughter and she wasn’t about to give up. With her bold persistence and courage she pushed her way right through the darkness of difficulty, the desperate need and all the rejection that was around her. And what was the end result for her persistence? Jesus turned to her and commended her for her strong faith and he healed her daughter of the demon.
All of us are invited to reach out and approach Jesus in the exact same manner as the Canaanite woman, with bold persistence and unwavering faith. So, we need to continue to keep asking, keep seeking and keep knocking at the Sacred Heart of Jesus and if we do, we will find the grace and mercy that we need.
Remember that persistence in prayer pleases God.