Every time I drive to my parents’ house in central Texas, I tell the family to be on the lookout for zebras.  The hot, dry environment is similar to the African savannah, making it perfect for exotic game ranches.  Of course, wild animals prefer to avoid open spaces in general, and noisy areas such as highways in particular.  So our vigilance — well, mine — went for naught.

Guess what we saw Friday, not 100 yards from the highway?  Four zebra, big as life.  I saw a few antelope as well — blackbucks, I think.  I’ll admit, I was much more excited than the circumstances called for.

But faith becoming sight is a marvelous experience.  Whether it’s a zebra sighting, a long-anticipated visit from a loved one, or your baby’s first step, seeing the reality in your mind become reality in fact brings a thrill that is beyond compare.

If we can find joy in such things, imagine what it will be like to see Jesus returning to claim His own (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).  Living by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7) means being able to accept that which is unseen (Hebrews 11:1).  It allows us to rejoice in our salvation even when it remains incomplete.  But as real as that joy is, surely it will pale in comparison to the heavenly bliss that awaits.

May God hasten the day when we finally see that for which we have been waiting in faith for our entire lives. 

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