Don’t’ you really admire inventors who to put their lives on the line for their idea. This was certainly the case for two staunchly Christian brothers. They were of course Orville and Wilbur Wright. For these two American brothers, inventors, and aviation pioneers are credited with inventing the world’s first successful aeroplane. Whilst some dispute this, certainly they are believed to have made he first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight.
This was on 17 December 1903, it lasted 12 seconds and the aircraft with Orville on board got a mere 120 feet. Talk about putting your money where your mouth is – for Orville and on the next 3 flights Wilbur could have been killed or seriously injured.
However such faith did not come quickly or easily. Since the brothers started their leap into the unknown when they gained the mechanical skills by working for years in their shop with printing presses, bicycles, motors, and other machinery. From 1900 until their first powered flights 3 years later, they conducted extensive glider tests.They even built a small wind tunnel to gather more accurate data than any before, enabling them to design more efficient wings and propellers.
Put another way, invention like faith is 99% perspiration, 1% inspiration and a dash of panache for good measure!
Here then is a reminder of how we deal with faith in our lives.
For if recently that flame has burned low or you feel a bit distant from God then remember to make the effort to phone home.
Remember to look persistently for Christ’s presence in your lives.
Remember like all relationships, it takes elbow grease to keeping it working.
Yet even more important, it really does help, also to go flying with it.
Since there is no greater builder of certainty than actually doing something novel, exhilarating even risky only in trust.