The date was February 26, 2000. I was 36 weeks pregnant.
We didn’t know we were having a another boy but the only name we had chosen was Caleb. Our reason for choosing it:
Numbers 14:24 “But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.”
Caleb was one of the 12 spies sent to see what the Promised Land looked like. When the other spies could see only giants and problems, Caleb saw another opportunity for God to be glorified. (David Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC)
God knew what He was doing when He lead us to that name for this child.
A few hours before midnight on February 26, 2000, I had a complete placental abruption at home and he was delivered via emergency c-section at the hospital. The details are disturbing and unnecessary at this point. But God used everything about Caleb’s birth—including events in the weeks and hours leading to it and encounters in the days and weeks following it—to glorify Himself.
In Joshua 14:8, at the age of 85, Caleb testified that he had completely followed the Lord throughout his life.
God knew what He was doing with that Caleb and He knows what He is doing with this one. He, too, has a different spirit and my prayer is that 70 years from now he will be able to say, “I have completely followed the Lord throughout my life”.
Happy 13th Birthday, Caleb.
You are loved.