He has put eternity in their hearts, Ecclesiastes 3:11 tells us.
God has placed eternity in our heart, so it is not a surprise that I think about heaven frequently. How about you? As the violence in this ugly world increases daily, do you find yourself longing for the day when everything improves?
Ecclesiastes 3:11 from the NLT says, “Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” The New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE) says it even better: “He has made everything suitable for its time; moreover he has put a sense of past and future into their minds, yet they cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.”
This verse reminds me that I am not a spiritual orphan. I am a daughter of the most high God who promised to never leave or forsake me. By faith I believe that He is with me always, every day, through good times and trying ones … promising to come back for me and make things right. What does that mean, practically?
He has put a sense of past and future into their minds.
“We all have a nostalgic ache for Eden, which is none other than a universal longing for heaven,” writes Leif Hetland in Seeing Through Heaven’s Eyes. “The longing for heaven draws me like the point on a compass to a magnet. Especially over the past many years I have travelled to the far corners of the world … searching for some remnant of Eden.”
What are we longing for? The beauty, maybe. The fragrances? The lush abundance of fruits, flowers and foliage?The feeling of peace and being one with nature are distinct possibilities.This I know with certainty: the ache inside tells us we were made for Eden.
We were made to enjoy living with God — in an earthly environment. To converse with Him while enjoying the gifts of health, joyful work, loving relationships and harmony.
“For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”