1 Chronicles 29:15 We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace.
When we are young, life seems to go slowly. Birthdays take forever to arrive. But as we get older, time seems to speed up more and more each year. I can’t believe how quickly life is going by. The weeks go by in the blink of an eye and before I know it a year has passed.
The Bible says, “We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace” (1 Chronicles 29:15).
And yet the Bible also says that God “has planted eternity in the human heart” (Ecclesiastes 3:11). We are not highly evolved animals; we are uniquely created in the image of God with a soul, a spirit and a desire to know the God who created us.
Those who put their trust in Christ are citizens of a different place. You might say that we have dual citizenship. We are citizens of the planet Earth, but we are heavenly citizens as well. Philippians 3:20 says, “We are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior.”
I heard the story of a little boy who was flying his kite, which had gone up so high, he could no longer see it. Someone saw him tugging on the string and asked, “Where is your kite?”
“Up there,” he said.
“I can’t see your kite. How do you know it’s there?”
“It’s there,” the boy said. “I feel its tug.”
We feel the same thing. We feel the pull of heaven deep down inside. As Augustine wrote, “You made us for Yourself, and our heart is restless, until it rests in Thee.” There’s a desire in us, a craving in us, that nothing on this earth will ever satisfy.