Eternity in the Human Heart

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.
~ Ecclesiastes 3:11

My favorite painting is Johannes Vermeer’s, the Girl with the Pearl Earring. I have seen it twice, once in Amsterdam and recently in San Francisco, and both times I glimpsed a little bit of heaven. Before my eyes, this girl seems to be a real person who has eternity set within her heart. This masterpiece beckons me to try and comprehend another place and time.

Though not considered a masterpiece at the time of it completion, this simple painting of a girl wearing a pearl earring is beautiful and has become even larger than life. Heaven becomes larger than life in my mind as I try to imagine what it will look like and be like. I can paint all kinds of pictures in my mind, but none of them are masterpieces.

I cannot really fathom what heaven will be like, but this painting reminds me that heaven is about real people with real lives…people who lived long ago, who are alive now and who are yet to be born. Heaven is as much about today as it is about eternity. Here on earth we see and experience the beauty of masterpieces, but in heaven we will see and experience eternity with the Master!

Has God set eternity in your heart?

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