Sometimes the blessings God gives me in this life make me wonder whether or not I'll receive many rewards in heaven. As John and I made our way to catch a bus to Boston yesterday, I again thought of my exceptionally privileged life. We had declared the day Un-Mother's Day (since I have neither a mother nor children), and my wonderful husband decided to celebrate by taking me to the exhibit, Leonardo da Vinci and the Idea of Beauty at the Museum of Fine Arts.
The exhibit included sketches by Michelangelo, doubling my sense of awe. When I studied High Renaissance Italian Art as a college freshman, I never really thought I'd see works of Leonardo and Michelangelo in person. Yet yesterday I wheeled through the gallery, savoring the drawings and remembering that art history class.
As much as I'd love to show you all the photos John took of the exhibition, time constraints direct me to limit myself to sharing only a few of Leonardo's works. This Head of a Young Woman charmed me.
The Virgin of the Rocks.
The experience of seeing Leonardo's actual sketches indeed carried me to a feeling of the sublime. Again I wondered why the Lord allows me to have so many wonderful experiences. But as John and I talked about it, we realized that none of my privileged experiences, as fantastic and wonderful as they have been, can even begin to compare with the joy of spending eternity in heaven with the Lord. Whether I have rewards in heaven or not, I will spend eternity gazing at His marvelous face -- and that will be more than enough to reward me.