The competition of superlatives must be an unwritten rule of childhood. There is always the challenge between children as to who has the best toy, the strongest dad, or the winningest team. Sometimes the competition spills into the innumerable category.
“I love you.”
“I love you more.”
“I love you most.”
“I love you infinitely.”
Whoever gets to “infinitely” first is the winner. A young child may try to get the advantage by saying, “Infinity plus one,” but it is in ignorance for infinity absorbs everything.
Think for a moment: What if you were given a crumb of the infinite? How far would the crumb take you? If “infinity plus one” is irrational because you can’t improve upon infinity, then isn’t infinity minus a crumb a boundless portal of possibilities? What sort of potential energy of the miraculous would be possible in the crumb of the infinite? Is there anything too hard for God (Jeremiah 32:27)?
The Syrophenician woman’s plea was not pathetic. She wasn’t necessarily asking for the leftovers. She recognized Jesus as the Host of the table was extraordinarily gracious. The children at the table faired sumptuously in His bountiful blessing. The overabundance would spill from the table upon the floor. No, her plea was not pathetic; it was profound! She was not asking for only a crumb. She was saying she needed nothing more than a crumb for a crumb from the infinitude of God’s ability would sustain her for a lifetime. It is but a crumb of his power which overthrows the kingdoms of darkness in our lives. It is only a crumb of His goodness which loads us daily with benefits. It was only a crumb coupled with “be it unto thee even as thou wilt” (Matthew 15:28) and her life was changed.
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world (Mark 8:36)! Just like “infinity plus one,” everything the world can offer you is lost in the smallest of crumbs which tumble from the Lord’s table. A crumb of the infinite will suffice.