The Croods is an entertaining, family-friendly, computer-animated movie – my husband laughs uncontrollably at some of the lines while I scribble notes. I rewind to get the quotes correctly, and rewind again – in other words, I’m no fun to watch a movie with! The Croods, a caveman family with members: father (Grug), mother (Ugga), teenage girl (Eep), teenage boy (Thunk), baby girl (Sandy), and Gran. The comedy centers on the prehistoric first family’s adventure as they embark on the journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always shielded them from danger is destroyed – another character, an orphaned teenage boy (Guy) comes on the scene as he is on his way to “tomorrow, that’s where I’m going!” Guy is smart, logical, resented by Grug because he has caught the eye of Eep, and has endless new ideas, all of which make no sense whatsoever to him! On this voyage, their outlook is changed forever.
The spiritual implications are too numerous to ignore and the lessons in them are rich, so here we go!
“Darkness brings death,” Grug. Mr. Grug Crood, you sure have that right. Psalm 107.10 says, Those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, bound in affliction and irons. Psalm 107.14, He (the Lord) brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death…
“I will never do anything different,” Thunk. Master Thunk Crood, big mistake, have you never heard Insanity means doing the same thing and expecting different results. Not wise, my boy.
“New is always bad,” Grug. I beg to differ, Grug, new is good! Behold, I will do a new thing…I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43.19
“It’s my job to worry,” Grug. Mr. Crood, allow me to introduce you to Corrie Ten Boom who said, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”
“That wasn’t living – it was just not dying,” Eep. I love Eep, the girl has spunk and is fearless. She lived John 10.10, The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly!
“Don’t hide – LIVE!” Guy. Guy is an orphan, apparently he saw his whole family die in a tar pit but he has a strong will and a determination to live and get to tomorrow. Reminds me of Queen Esther when Mordecai charged her with saving the Jewish race, she proclaims in Esther 4.16, And I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”
“We changed the rules that kept us in the dark – we’ll stay out here where we can follow the light,” Eep. The story belongs to Eep – in her fearlessness she is drawn to the light – she longs for it, she reaches out to touch it and hold it in her hand. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. John 1.5
When Jesus Christ came into this world, He changed the rules that kept people in the dark, He came as the Light of the world and the darkness of this world could NOT overcome Him.
The Croods, a funny, dysfunctional, prehistoric family teaches us that darkness really does bring death; to dare to do things differently; that new can be good; to not worry but to trust; to live free and to live the abundant life in Christ Jesus; to be unashamed of our faith in Jesus even to our death; and to change the rules and always. all ways, FOLLOW THE LIGHT!