Our family loved going to the movies together. We loved laughing together and snacking on popcorn. Evee loved popcorn! She would probably eat the entire popcorn bucket if I let her…she was most definitely a girl after my own heart.
On long road trips we would play the, ‘movie game,’ a simple game where we would take turns guessing different movies by a short quote or phrase. I’m sure many of you have played something similar. The girls would beg for Ryan to play with them…and Ry was always very accommodating.
“Hmm let me think,” Ryan would scheme, “Ok I’ve got a good one.”
“It’s so fluffy I’m gonna die!” he shouted.
Both girls laughed at his outburst.
“Oo, oo!” Evee exclaimed “I know! I know! Dipbicable Me!”
“It’s Despicable Me Evee,” Kaya corrected.
“You guys are too smart,” Ryan teased.
And so our game would continue the rest of the car ride…smiles, giggles, happy hearts and all.
One Friday night several years ago, we decided to go see the movie, “The Croods.”
We loved it. So much.
If you haven’t seen this movie yet, I’d definitely recommend it. The movie is about a family of cavemen trying to outrun their ever changing circumstances. They encounter earthquakes…man eating tigers…rugged terrain…and many other challenging obstacles.
Unsure of where to run and go amid disaster…they decide to head for higher ground. They travel toward tomorrow….toward the highest mountain in hopes of finding safety and better circumstances. Along their journey they learn how to think in new ways which help improve their way of life. And a new found friend, Guy, helps broaden their minds, as well as guide them on their journey toward the light.
“Tomorrow…it’s a place in the sky with more suns than you can count…a place not like today or yesterday…a place where things are better.”
I smile each time I think back on watching this touching movie with my family. Tears trickle down my cheeks as I remember the girls’ contagious giggles and happy smiles. This children’s movie has been on my mind lately. I love the moral of the story…which is to always look toward the light and to never give up…even when faced with man eating birds and tigers.
Each of us have our daily struggles and challenges. We fight our own personal battles and face our own ‘man eating tigers.’
After the accident I felt comfort and peace beyond anything I can describe. The spirit lifted me and my family in many remarkable ways. But I also looked toward my future with fear and uncertainty. I still do. I miss…more than anything…the way things were. My life was pretty wonderful. And looking back…I wish I wouldn’t have taken the small, yet beautiful things, for granted.
I’m a lot like Grug Crood.
I don’t like change. I really dislike stepping out of my comfort zone. I’m stubborn and usually I’m convinced that my ideas and opinions are always right…or at least should be.
But then I’ve experienced my own earthquakes and rugged terrain. And everything I once knew…my entire world…and seemingly everything in it…changed.
I may not know what lies ahead for me. And I’m sure there will be plenty more challenging obstacles for me to overcome…but I do know where I’m going.
Toward the light.
I’m going to keep trying even when quitting seems like the best option. I’m going to look for the sun to shine each day. I’m going to follow Him…who’s light shines brightest even from the darkest cave…buried with rubble. I’m going to have faith in His plan for me…because after all…I’m on a journey.
A journey into eternity.