Caleb had stepped foot into the land God promised and experienced, in his place of destiny, the beauty of the rolling hills. He had tasted the perfect grapes and the sweet honey. He had danced in the sacred land for a few brief and brilliant moments, only to be pulled out to wander in the desert for 45 years by no fault of his own.
“But my brothers who went up with me made the hearts of the people melt with fear, yet I wholly followed the Lord my God.” Joshua 14:8.
He experienced terrible disappointment because he and Joshua had a different perspective than the others; they were living by faith and not by sight. He had every reason to be bitter. Caleb encountered the shadow of hurt and delay in his life but he made a crucial decision. He let go of his disappointments but he never let go of the dream. He knew hurt and delays would not destroy God’s purpose for his life.