By October, 1905 the Wright brothers had flown 160 times. The longest flight was twenty-four miles and lasted thirty-eight minutes. They could control their plane, fly in circles, bank and lightly land. The Dayton press was reporting eye-witness accounts. The Wright brothers wrote to then Secretary of War William Howard Taft in a desire to involve the government with what they were doing. The Wrights received a form letter from the government basically rejecting their offer and did not even bother to send a representative to Ohio to see. Meanwhile the English and French governments were courting Orville and Wilber.
Two days after John baptized Jesus, Andrew and another disciple were following Jesus and asked where Jesus was staying. Jesus response was a classic. He said, “Come and see.” They did and how their lives did change. “Seeing is believing” is a fairly reliable way of verifying something. However, even then our eyes can deceive us. Magicians are able to do things faster than our eyes can record. But for most things seeing is good.
When Thomas said he had to see to believe, Jesus was very understanding and came especially for Thomas, who loved Jesus dearly. It was Thomas who earlier said when Jesus was returning to Judea, “Let us go and die with Him.” In John 20 Jesus says about us not having a chance to see, “Blessed are they that have not seen and yet have believed.” Psalm 34:8 says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” While it is true in the beginning of our walk with God it is a faith experience but after a while when we have tasted and seen it is as real as anything can be.
Written by Roger Bothwell on July 17, 2015
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