Have you ever had something happen to you and you didn’t understand in the moment how significant it was? Looking back on this story now I see it in a totally different light.
One Thursday night in the middle of April David and I met for dinner in Rivermark Plaza. Thursday nights are our regular date nights but I had band practice since we were gearing up for Easter at South Bay. We had time for a quick dinner so we ate at Baja Fresh. David walked me to my car and as I was pulling out and he was walking the other way a man walked up to him and asked him a question. He said “Hey, this might be wierd, but are you and your wife trying to get pregnant?”
Not knowing who this guy was or why he was asking, David was understandably confused. The man continued on to say that he was in Baja Fresh next to us, eating with his wife and parents. He said when he saw us he felt God impress upon his heart to pray for us to get pregnant. He said the word “dormant” came to his mind when he saw me, that my womb was closed. He felt compelled to leave the restaurant and try to find us so he could pray for us to have a baby. So right there in front of Peet’s coffee he put his hand on David’s shoulder and asked God to bless us with a pregnancy. No weirdness, no prophesy, no speaking in tongues. Just a simple prayer. David went on his way and told me about it when I got home that night. Within a week we were pregnant.
David told me all about it when I got home that night. All we knew about the guy was that his name was Caleb and he was in town from Idaho for a church conference. . .
I remember feeling a new measure of faith that no matter what would happen, God was seeing us. I remember that I stopped counting days and started trusting for real that His timing would be perfect. We had been trying for about 6 months, so it hadn’t been too terribly long, but I learned a lot in those months. I learned a lot about myself . . . that I was having a hard time waiting on God because I had decided I was ready to start a family.
After that night, I knew it still may not happen for us. I knew just because a stranger prayed for us out of the blue didn’t mean I could expect it to work out a certain way. In those days God brought me to a place of peace and trust. If He made it that clear that He sees us, then I was ok with that, regardless of what would happen.
This story gives me a whole new appreciation and respect for one prayer. One person’s prayer can have such significant impact, especially when they are responding in obedience to pray it. The Bible says the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. As I reflect on that night’s conversation, I think about the fact that we hadn’t told anyone we were trying. So if we needed a special prayer, it makes sense why it would have happened that way.
I hope this story encourages you. I hope you are able to believe that God sees you. I had known that truth all my life actually, but what a gracious thing He did to make it so personal. Caleb could have prayed for us silently and we never would have known. But God moved him to come find us. He sees you and knows your heart.