What is more soothing after a trouble-filled day than stepping outside on a star-studded evining and gazing heavenward? Who can peer into the night sky and not forget, at least for a moment, the cares of life on earth? Ancient Israel's prolific song-writer wrote a poem thousands of years ago that still rings true:
When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
The moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful
the son of man that you care
When we try to imagine the immensity of God's heavens, our problems do indeed seem trivial. Yet God doesn't think so! With all of the galaxies He has to attend to, God is mindful of us! And not only are we on His mind, but He cares for us...to best enjoy our brief time on earth and to prepare for life in heaven, we must bring our thoughts into agreement with God. If we simply claim that we love God without understanding what it means, our spiritual experience will be shallow and unsatisfying.
Julie Ackerman Link has written a book that explores what it means to love God with all aspects of our being--heart, soul, mind, and strength.