When you look around at the suffering and fear in the world, does it ever seem like God is light years away? The Bible says that "as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is God’s love" for us, but there are times when I look up at the heavens at night and wonder if the Creator of the universe is aware of my insignificant problems. It’s at these times that I remind myself there was a moment in history when God literally tore open the heavens to come alongside us.
Three of the books written about Jesus’ life record that when he died, the curtain to the Holy of Holies in the Temple in Jerusalem tore from top to bottom. This curtain, according to historian Josephus, had a "panorama of the entire heavens" stitched into the design. So at Jesus’ death, the curtain was torn as a symbol of God ripping open the fabric of time and space to reach out to us.
So the next time you look into the night sky, don’t question your significance in the universe, but instead be reminded that the God who put the stars in place knows your name and crossed heaven to be near you.