“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” (Ecclesiastes 3:11, NLT).

This verse intrigues and inspires me, to think God planted eternity in our hearts. Being a Star Trek fan, images of the vast, unexplored universe come to mind, including all the strange, powerful “brain” beings in the earlier episodes. I also imagine living forever, free from the heavy physical shackles of this life.

Because God is love and wants to share his love with his creation, he made us in his image, which includes a bit of eternity. God is the only one who is eternal and who has eternity within himself. He wanted us to have a little taste of it, to imagine eternity and want it. This desire has led to some strange schemes, such as searching for the fountain of youth, cryogenics and of course, plastic surgery. Wanting to live forever is a God-given desire and it will be satisfied by God himself. He planted the seed of eternity and the Holy Spirit, also in our hearts, makes it grow. In the words of Spock, we will live long (forever) and prosper!

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