Actually, Caleb is not ours, not in the sense that we
are his mother and father. He is our great grandchild, our eighteenth. His mother, Melissa, is our grandchild and our son, Alan, is her father. That’s how this story begins.
Melissa went to private school and was raised in the Christian faith. She lived near us and to this day, I
remember her birth, and watched her grow into a beautiful, young woman. She decided to attend a college that was far away from home, in Utah, and that’s where she met, Scott Wardrop, the man she loves and the father of Caleb.
Four years ago, they had a darling little girl, Evy, then
following many heartbreaking miscarriages their miracle baby was on the way.
In their own words, they relate their story here: “At a nine weeks gestational ultrasound, Caleb was found to have a cystic hygroma (fluid on the back of his head and neck) and with further testing was diagnosed with a very rare chromosomal condition, Trisomy 8. The medical professionals offered us little, to no, hope. They told us it was very unlikely for him to make it to birth. If he did survive, he would suffer severe birth defects and challenging disabilities. The physicians strongly recommended terminating the pregnancy. However, we
decided to put our sweet, little baby’s outcome into God’s hands and ask for a miracle.
” Astonishingly, at the 18 week ultrasound we were told they couldn’t find anything wrong with our baby; in addition the cystic hygroma had disappeared. After his fetal cardiac echo, they told us his heart was perfect! At the 26 week ultrasound it was further confirmed that Caleb was thriving with no apparent problems, despite what they had predicted. Though he did try to come early, Caleb made it to full term!
“Caleb beat all the odds that were stacked against him. This journey with our little boy taught us to have more faith and less fear. Thank you for celebrating with us in our miracle.”
Melissa and Scott’s families knew there was great concern for their baby, but not to the extent of the prognosis. This situation was between them and God, in whom they placed their trust, and they didn’t want
anyone to change this, or convince them differently. We all prayed, and our faith has grown along with theirs. I asked Melissa if I could share their story and she answered, “Yes, I want as many people as possible to know what God has done.”
By the way, Caleb means bold, fearlessness in the face of overwhelming odds. In the Bible, Caleb was one of the twelve spies sent by Moses into Canaan. When the spies returned he and Joshua said the people should trust God and go into the land. The other ten spies said conquering the land was impossible. This story can be read in Numbers, chapter 13.
You may have had questions about rather or not God answers prayers. It is a mystery and sometimes hard for us to understand. But we are told to pray in God’s will and He will answer. Obviously, he willed that Caleb should live.
As great-grandparents we are very excited about the life of this little boy. We may not live to see him grow into a man, but we will pray that he lives up to his name and puts his trust in God. He is one person who will hear again and again how God intervened to make his life possible.
“Four things let us ever keep in mind: God hears prayers, God heeds prayers, God answers prayer and God delivers by prayer.- E. M. Bounds.