Ecclesiastes 3:11: “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”

King Solomon is the author of the book of Ecclesiastes. Curiously, Solomon used language related to clockwork when he wrote down his thoughts on eternity. Like a watchmaker setting the clock as he is laboring over his handiwork – our Creator has “timed” our hearts, and guess what: our heart clocks are set on eternity. Somehow, eternity is in our DNA.

I was in first grade when our teacher told us that one of our classmates had passed away in a car accident just the other day.  It disturbed me to learn the bad news. Up to this point I had never known anybody in person who had passed away. All of a sudden, death hit close to home and it made me aware how fragile we are. Anybody could die in a car accident. Just like that, Ruth (that was the name of my late classmate) was killed. Yesterday I played with her, today she was gone. I wondered – where did Ruth go?

Death just didn’t sit well with me. It never really does, and rightly so, because – as Solomon puts it – our Creator has not set us up this way. We are made for eternity.

Our lives have a purpose, but unfortunately death is detrimental to this purpose. This is probably a major reason why the Son of God hates death. His mission is to save us so we have a chance to live out our purpose. He emerged from the grave, giving us physical evidence that He has conquered death.

Is it easy to believe? Yes and no. We cannot fabricate faith. We cannot make believe that the story of Easter is true. However, it is still easy to believe because faith ultimately is a gift from God. He lifts the veil so we can see.

We all have to face our physical departure one day when our bodies give out and our hearts stop beating. Nevertheless, our physical passing is not the end of us. If our life story had to be written down, death would be the mere beginning of our book – with countless pages still waiting to be filled.

Thanks to Jesus, the end of our lives will only be the beginning; following our passing, eternity has just begun.

“Deep in your soul is your identity 
The essence of you, the immortal part of you
Since I was few years old I’ve known. 
The truth was sown inside of me: my soul lives eternally.”
Songwriters Bill & Evelyn Snyder

Hebrews 12:28: “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.”

Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Volcano explosions, Meteorite impact – our planet has seen it all. The history of planet Earth is a history of evolution. As much as we like to take root and cling to life on Earth as we know it, we’re destined to grow wings and fly to a kingdom that is unshakable.

God is eternal; so are His children.

We live in a temporary setting in a temporary body housing an eternal soul. If you are comfortable with that, you are my champion. However, most people I know, myself included, don’t like to live on the brink of change.

Here is where faith comes in. Take marriage for instance: We believe we made the right choice when we married our spouse, so we promise to be faithful to this spouse we’ve selected. Our marriage vows say “for better or worse, in good times and bad”. Years go by, and our marriage develops from a young shoot into a matured tree. In a temporary setting within our temporary bodies we have grown old together. Faith connects and faithfulness produces roots and new young shoots. There are families out there that once grew into a village; the village became a tribe, and eventually the tribe turned into a nation.

Legacies aside, your very own soul is not destined to live on in your children and children’s children; your soul is destined to live on in a body of your own, a body that is equipped to live forever. The apostle Paul calls our current physical appearance a “tent” (2 Corinthians 5:1):

“For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.”

Paul is referring to the new body that awaits us as we pass on from this life into our next. God made you unique, which means you won’t be reproduced in your exact likeness. Once you die, there won’t be another one just like you. Every life matters.

Our soul comes from God. It is necessary to connect with the Eternal One, or our soul will remain rootless. Eternal rootlessness is hell, and hell is not what God has planned for you and me. God wants us to find our roots and live. Finding God is finding home; we are home for good, and nobody can take that away from us.

To be alive and knowing that the Lord is our home are two wonderful reasons to be grateful. Praise the Lord, we’ve seen the light!