Have you ever thought about the concept of forever? I mean, really thought about it? What would it be like to never die? Doesn’t that sound exhausting? If you’re like me, the longer you think about it, the closer you come to a panic attack. Why is that? Why in the world would I freak out about spending all time and eternity in Heaven with the God I love, just because there will never be an end to it? Isn’t forever a good thing anyway? Here’s what the Bible says:
“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 3:11b)
I think we, as humans, are not mentally capable of even beginning to understand the concept of eternity. I don’t think we’re meant to. But the Bible says that God has planted it in our hearts. And like a seed planted in the ground that has to die before it can grow, we won’t understand forever until we get there when our bodies die.
Several years ago I wrote a piece for orchestra called Prelude To Eternity. The premise of the piece is that for those who put their trust in Jesus on earth, death is not the end, but rather the beginning of a glorious forever. It’s full of drama and symbolism and musical quotation (seriously, is it possible to write a piece about Heaven without referencing Handel’s Messiah? I think not!), and it was a great way to explore and express my ideas about life, death, and Heaven.
I still believe in everything I wrote about then, but unfortunately, sometimes I let the cares of the world hinder my capacity for childlike faith. I don’t understand it all. But for now, I am content to rest in God and trust in His plan for my future, even though it is far beyond my understanding.
[August 20, 2012]