“And He has set eternity in their hearts.” Ecclesiastes 3:11
We have always, deep in our bones and our soul, suspected it. We are not made for this world. There is something more, something enduring, something eternal awaiting us. There are longings never fulfilled that point beyond us to “something more.” There are beautiful experiences, places to visit, stirrings in our spirit that point beyond themselves into eternity.
But He has put eternity in their hearts. God did that. When we were originally dreamed, created, birthed, formed in our mother’s womb… before our eyes ever opened in the stark light of a delivery room in a hospital or in the warmth of a bed surrounded by midwife, family, and even friends… before the first breath of life filled our lungs, and before the first time we heard our mother’s voice… God put eternity in our hearts.
We are not human beings who occasionally are having a spiritual experience. That would be what the world would have us believe. That would be the story line of the earthbound, locked in a worldview that cannot explain and therefore, cannot allow for the possibility that a “beyond” exist.
We are spiritual beings… eternally existing. And we are for now, having a “human experience.” But as we are walking through this stark world, we are aware of something that the earliest Christians knew who were “looking for a city” whose builder and Maker is God.” (Hebrews 11:10)
And so we have always suspected it. There is something beyond. When I got to dive the beautiful waters between Maui and Molokai, I was absolutely captivated by the beauty of the ocean water, the fish and sea turtles swimming, and the reefs around me.
But I knew I didn’t belong there. My oxygen was running out. I had to go home. A place beyond the water.
And one day, so shall we all.
Instead, they were longing for a better country–a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. Hebrews 11:16
FOR REFLECTION: How does remembering that you were made for eternity affect the way you will live your life today?