On July 15, 1942, a flight of six P-38s and two B-17 bombers, with a total of 25 crew members on board, took off from Presque Isle Air Base in Maine headed for the U.K. The trip had to be flown in stages, with refueling stops in Labrador, Greenland, and Iceland. After refueling at a base designated as BW-8 on Greenland’s west coast, the flight took off once more and headed for their next refueling stop in Reykjavik, Iceland.
They never made it to Iceland. Along the way, the flight flew into a cold front, encountering a combination of bitter cold, heavy dense clouds, and ice and snow. The decision was made to turn back to BW-8, but they received a radio message informing them that BW-8’s runway was closed because of the weather. However, the crews soon received another message informing them that another base on the southern tip of Greenland, designated BW-1, was open. So the flight turned back and tried to find its way to that base. (It was discovered later that the weather reports for BW-1 and BW-8 had somehow been switched. BW-1 was actually closed, and BW-8 was still open.)
They flew around for another hour and a half, trying to locate BW-1. They did manage to establish their general location, which was somewhere over the east coast of Greenland. But by then, they were dangerously low on fuel. They wouldn’t be able to make either BW-1 or BW-8. A couple of the P-38s had dropped below the clouds earlier to scout for landing sites on the ice caps, just in case. With very little fuel, they reached the point where they had no other option. The decision was made and one by one, the P-38s first, the entire flight landed on the ice.
The crews were rescued after spending several very cold days on the ice pack. Due to the war, the Army made no attempt to recover the aircraft. Fifty years later a small group of aviation enthusiasts decided to locate that squadron, who had come to be known as “The Lost Squadron,” and to recover one of the lost P 38s. Using ground penetrating radar and the most advanced global positioning technology at the time, they were finally able to locate the aircraft……………………………..under 268 feet of glacial ice and over a mile from where they originally landed!! Eventually, they managed to bore down through the ice and recover one of the P-38 fighter planes and restore it to flying condition. They named the airplane…….Glacier Girl!
It took the earth only fifty years to swallow eight rather sizable aircraft. Over the years, I’ve heard non-believers and other Bible skeptics ask why no one has ever been able to locate the remains of Noah’s ark. In fact, I’ve heard them demand an answer to that question. It’s often the centerpiece of their argument against the Bible. They reason that since the ark has never been found, it must be because it never existed in the first place. And since Noah’s Ark never really existed, the story of Noah must be a work of fiction which makes the rest of the Bible a work of fiction as well. In other words, they’re saying, “Show me proof, then I’ll believe.” There’s nothing new there. Jesus heard those very same words.
Nearly 5000 years have passed since the flood, plenty of time for the earth to swallow up every remnant of the ark that ever existed. After all, if the earth can swallow eight aircraft in just fifty years, even a vessel the size the ark wouldn’t stand a chance against the ravages of 5000 years. Between volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, landslides, rainfall, and other forces of nature, plus the fact that wood eventually rots away to crumbs, it’s very unlikely that anything remains of the ark. There’s plenty of archeological evidence out there that does support the Bible’s credibility and with all the evidence that has been discovered, why skeptics continue to zero in on Noah’s ark is a mystery. It’s absolutely ludicrous for anyone to base their belief in the Bible, not to mention their eternal life, on the improbability of finding a piece of wood from a 5000 year old boat. I think, though, if God wanted us to find a piece of it, He would have left it where it could be found.
But God doesn’t want us to believe on the basis of some physical evidence like a piece of wood. In the third chapter of Romans the Apostle Paul wrote, “God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith.” God wants us to believe by faith, not because we laid eyes on some archeological artifact. The Bible plainly tells us what faith is in the eleventh chapter of Hebrews where it says, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, and certain of what we do not see.”
Jesus does reveal Himself to those who truly seek Him, though not in person. He’s been revealed to us in these days through God’s word, the Bible. When Thomas demanded proof of the resurrection, Jesus patiently accommodated the request. He said to Thomas, “Because you have seen me, you have believed;“ Jesus graciously accepted the faith of Thomas, but He concluded His remarks to Thomas by commending the faith of those who believe without visible evidence by saying: “blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
That’s what God loves to see. He loves that kind of faith. He loves the fact that we believe though we have never seen Jesus in the flesh. But for those who are waiting to see some evidence of God’s existence, someday they’ll have all the evidence they could ever want. But by then, it may very well be too late. As for me and my family, God’s word is proof enough!!