As I entered my church this weekend for the funeral of a 21-year old young woman, I looked up to see the newly finished mosaic in our dome. It is absolutely breathtaking, and this was the first time I had seen it. As I thought about taking a picture of it, I realized that no camera that could do justice to its beauty. The sparkle of the glass, the depth of the color, and the space created within the mosaic by its positioning in the dome could never be captured by a two-dimensional image. You really have to be there to see it.
And then it hit me. This girl, with her physical and intellectual disabilities, was an incredibly joyful, exuberant, and welcoming person, and in spite of her difficulties, you knew that she was God’s delight. But, just as a picture cannot do justice to this mosaic, the beauty and wonder of this mosaic could only give us a dim glance into the reality that she sees now. It gave me such peace and such joy to know that as wondrous as this experience was, it was only a dim reflection of what God has in store for us when we see Him face to face.
We’ll miss you, Marisa, and I look forward to your hugs when we meet again.