Caleb: A Man Living in Truth
Dr. Paul Brand, a well-known doctor & author, was raised in India. His parents were missionaries there. In his book, "In His Image," he writes about his mother. It is one of the most touching stories I've ever read. He writes that when his mother was 75 years old, she was still walking miles every day, visiting the villages in the southern part of India, teaching the people about Jesus. One day, at age 75, she was traveling alone & fell & broke her hip. After two days of just lying there in pain, some workers found her & put her on a makeshift cot & loaded her into their jeep & drove 150 miles over deep rutted roads to find a doctor who could set the broken bones.
But the very bumpy ride damaged her bones so badly that her hip never completely healed. He said, "I visited my mother in her mud-covered hut several weeks after all of this happened. I watched as she took two bamboo crutches that she had made herself, & moved from one place to another with her feet just dragging behind because she had lost all feeling in them."
He said, "At age 75, with a broken hip, unable to stand on her own two legs, I thought that I made a pretty intelligent suggestion. I suggested that she retire." He said, "She turned around & looked at me & said, `What value is that? If we try to preserve this body just a few more years & it is not being used for God, of what value is that?'
So she kept on working. She kept on riding her donkey
to villages until she was 93 years old... And she continued to tell people about Jesus Christ until she died at age 95."
Caleb was a foreigner by birth. His father Jephunneh the Kenizzite, was outside the circle of god chosen people. In spite of all of the disadvantages Caleb went on to achieve greatness.
The interesting thing is that Hebrew names have meanings. Caleb name meant "Dog". I must wonder how this happened. When he was born - how could a mama or papa look at a little b ...
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