I sat around a large table, next to my attorney...and the county board superintendent sat on the other side, next to his attorney. All witnesses, including myself, were under oath. There was a wonderful feature article in the Cleveland newspaper about this case. At this point, my hands were wide open and I knew just as Abraham laid Isaac on the altar...so had I placed Caleb on the altar of God's will.
The Sunday prior, our pastor preached on Nehemiah 4. I remember it was incredibly powerful! And somehow the pastor referred to the story of Joshua and Caleb in an illustration and stated boldly, "Caleb has a great God!" I wrote it in the margin of Nehemiah 4. I had also underlined passages in that chapter that spoke directly to me about the opposition I would soon face.
They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it. Nehemiah 4:8 (NIV)
Don't be afraid of them! Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes. Nehemiah 4:14b (NIV)
Our God will fight for us! Nehemiah 4:20bWas that sermon a coincidence? Absolutely not! And I had my Bible laid open to Nehemiah 4 during the hearing. God whispered peace to my heart through His word.
I had no agenda but what was in Caleb's best interest...and what was God's will. None of our witnesses had an agenda different than that. Caleb's neurologist testified as expert testimony without charging a dime. All of us had only one thing to present...the truth. And the rest was left in God's hands.
Tomorrow...the verdict and the conclusion.