The structure of the third sentence above is quite interesting. "Yet he could not escape notice, but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet."
This is reminicient of the passage a few weeks ago, where Jesus, having walked most of the way on the water, steps into the boat with his disciples, and immediatley the boat arrived where it was headed.
Mark is sort of known for his immediately(s), the message he is trying to share is entirely too important to wait on, but in this case it almost seems like something else is at work. Like the Spirit is moving through *gasp* Gentile territory telling those who need to see him that Jesus is there immediately upon his arrival. It is a moment where the will of the Father overcomes the will of the flesh and Jesus, as tired as his human body must have been, was faithful and he talked with the woman and eventually cast the demon out of her daughter.
I wish I was as tuned into the Spirit as this Gentile woman. I wish that the author of my life had to spend a lot of time coming up with clever ways of saying "immediately." But often it is a struggle to hear the still soft voice among the sundry distractions. Often, as I've said here before, God has to reach out with a 2by4 to get my attention. May God open my eyes and ears and mind and heart to his Spirit this day so that I too might rush immediately to where he calls.