Did You See That?
What a person sees and what they “believe” that they saw are not always the same. Even the most vociferous eye-witness may proclaim with the greatest of enthusiasm some crime, accident, or incident and yet, facts are brought to light that can refute the person’s eyewitness account. The stress of the moment or the pre-conceived belief about a situation can affect how our minds interpret data. Since every living person has some bias, every testimony needs to be supported with more than one witness to get the predominant facts clear of the event in question.
“The eye doesn’t see. The brain sees. The eye just transmits. What we see isn’t only determined by what comes through the eyes. What we see is affected by our memories, our feelings, and by what we’ve seen before.” ― Brandon Stanton.
A convention of Arkansas State troopers was asked to submit the best excuse they’d ever heard for someone trying to get out of a speeding ticket. The winning entry was submitted by a trooper who clocked a semi-tractor truck speeding down the interstate. The trooper pulled in behind the truck and turned his lights on, but the truck kept going. The trooper got right up on his bumper, but the truck kept going. The trooper turned on his siren, but the truck went even faster. Finally, the truck ran out of gas and rolled to the side of the highway.
The trooper got out and walked up to the trucker’s window. The driver rolled down his window, and the trooper asked, “Did you see my lights?”
“Yes sir, I did,” the trucker responded.
“Did you see me following you right on your bumper?”
The trucker answered, “Yes sir, I did.”
“Did you hear my siren all those miles?”
“Yes sir, I did,” the trucker answered.
Finally, the trooper said, “Then why didn’t you pull over?”
“Well, to be honest, about two years ago my wife ran off with an Arkansas state trooper. I was afraid you were trying to bring her back!” (Copied).
There is soon to be an event of such magnitude that no one will debate the details of what they saw. Those left standing and gazing upward will have various opinions of it. Then, someone in each crowd who had been taught Scripture but held no stock in the veracity of the Bible will tell those staring at the heavens what just transpired. As has always been the case, there will be those that doubt the explanation or seek to discredit the one who told them of the significance of that moment that they have just witnessed. But soon the reality will become established. John wrote of that day before the end of the first century…. “Look, [Jesus] is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him.” Revelation 1:7. I love the promise of 1 John 3:2 … and when He comes, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” He will take us to be with Him, just as He promised … back to the Father’s House forevermore!