Awesome Laura! Sweet Blessings ; ) for your next steps! I am grateful for your service to us! Thank you!
1) We are afraid His plans will be "too much" for us, we won't live up to His expectations, and we'll fail. Plus, I do find that us humans often think we know best. Why do I need God if I have it all together and figured out? * I ask that as a thought that might occur… not expressing my current thoughts here… but you might guess I asked that question at one time. How else would I know it? : )
2) I'm right there with you, Teresa!
I considered that we wouldn't find out who the artist would be… because The Artist was the one wooing her all along… and that was really the point of her searching for the artist… leading her to The Artist. And, so while it did do that… I do like that we got to see who the artist was.
When it was obvious that Macy's daughter was so attached to Dockery, it gave me a gut feeling that he would be the one (if he was even revealed). Even when we found out he had a girlfriend (or was it fiancee?), I knew that would be no obstacle and there was a strong possibility it was Dockery. I didn't know for sure but had a strong hunch.
I ruled out Wyatt first and early b/c of Brenda's obvious attachment to her new flame ; ) That would just be too wierd for Macy to be in love with her soon-to-be step-brother. Now, don't get me wrong, it could have made for some interesting drama/plot development; but I wouldn't expect that from a MBW novel. I'm glad she didn't go there. That kind of drama could have really distracted from the real deal at stake/at heart.
I ruled out Nate next b/c it was clear to me that his purpose was to help Macy's brother. It would have been too easy for him to be the artist. He already had an important role and didn't need any extra responsibilitites.
I honestly was still half expecting/maybe wishing it would be Chase. What I did try to stay away from the whole time was ruminating on who it was (althought that was very hard to do).
So… for the most part… I was expecting no earthly artist to be revealed… but if he was… that it would be Chase or Dockery. It was VERY EXCITING to see how everything unfolded, and I LOVE that MBW used the real-to-life elements that just had to especially connect with Lovers of Sunset Beach, such as me.
LOVE LOVE LOVE this book!!!!!!!!!!!
3) I'm gonna spare me and you the writing and many many minutes it would take you to write/read my whole response here and just give you the Cliff Notes version (okay, that's totally old school… how about the RSS version ; ) ? *This is a GREAT writing prompt for a journal : )
We look at our eartly lives through the lens of a very lengthy, always there kind of perspective.
God looks at our lives through the lens of a very temporal, vanishing vapor-like perspecitve.
If we would take the advice of James (4:13-15), we might be able to tap into the heavenly perspective:
13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why,
you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You
are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”
Is it any wonder that I studied this exact passage just this morning while I was having Breakfast with God?