My grandkids and I went to see Brave yesterday. Another spectacular Disney Pixar Production. I don’t know about you, but Pixar absolutely draws me in and I begin believing these little munchkin characters are real people!
The movie is set in a “tribal” Scotland – Merida, the beautiful red-haired princess is about to be married to one of the tribal men – the one who can win her with their skills. Merida, a spicy young miss will have no part of that and she challenges the old custom.
There is some magic, a spell is cast on Merida’s mom – a spell which only Merida herself can break.
It all ends well for Merida, her lovely Queen mum, her barbaric-looking King dad, and her impish triplet brothers. And, with any movie, one can bring spiritual discussion to the forefront with your children.
The last statement of the film is Merida’s voice, “We all hold our own fate within ourselves – if only we are BRAVE!”
Ah… perfect setup for my ‘drive home discussion’. We’re all settled in the car, seatbelts buckled, wipers on, lights on, heading out of parking lot.
“So, did ya’ll hear the last statement Merida made?”
“Uh, not really.”
I say the line.
“Is that a true statement?”
“Because God has planned our fate.”
“Very well said – you are both SO right! God has a plan, doesn’t He?”
“Yes, He does.”
My last word: “And, He does want us to be brave and courageous because He will never leave us or forget us.”
Long pause, with silence…
“Can we take the long way home, Mimz?”
“Yep, we sure can.”
There are lessons in everything – and even a Disney Pixar movie with some black magic thrown in can be used for His honor and His glory!