The Croods: Before There Was Fire, Living in a World of Darkness
If you have children, there’s a good chance you’ve seen The Croods. The Croods follows a prehistoric family who live in a world of darkness and fear. During the course of the movie, the Croods
“. . . embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always been their home is destroyed. . . . The Croods are reocked by generational clashes and seismic shifts as they discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures–and their outlook is changed forever.”¹
Life in the Dark
In the opening scene of The Croods, the family must retreat to the solace of their cave when nighttime comes. They know not what lurks beyond their hieroglyph-covered walls when darkness falls.
They have not discovered fire; when the sun retires, they know only darkness, and they wait in fear for the light to come again.
Imagine living before there was fire. You would have to live without two fundamental properties which fire provides:
It is easy to take light and heat for granted. We forget that long ago, families lived without these crucial sources of comfort and protection.
Think about what happens in the darkness:
- People hide
- People feel alone
- People hide things
- People stop moving
- People become lost
- People become scared
- People forget about the light
We have been living in a world of darkness since our home was destroyed by sin.
We too have endured generational clashes and seismic shifts. Spiritual refugees huddle in dark caves of fear and confusion.
Let There Be Light
However, something happened that changed the Croods’ life forever:
Someone showed them fire. Someone brought them light.
In the Book of Matthew, Jesus begins to preach in order to fulfill a prophecy contained in Isaiah:
“The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned” (NIV, Mt 4:16).
In Matthew 5:14, Jesus is described as the “light of the world,” and Luke 11:34 describes the “lamp of the body:”
“Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness.” (NIV)
Be Careful, Little Eyes
For many of us, darkness begins in the eyes. We must continually fight the cycle of sin modeled for us in the Garden and initiated when Eve’s eyes fell upon the apple, whereupon she
Isn’t that how it always happens? Hannibal Lecter reminds Clarice in The Silence of the Lambs:
“Of each particular thing ask: what is it in itself? What is its nature? What does he do, this man you seek? . . . He covets. That is his nature. And how do we begin to covet, Clarice? Do we seek out things to covet? . . . No. We begin by coveting what we see every day.”²
What happens when you turn on a light after sitting in darkness? Your eyes need time to adjust. At first, the light is too bright; you may even prefer the darkness.
However, the longer you live in the light, the easier it becomes to see, and the more you will avoid the darkness.
Thousands today are discovering a new life after following Jesus, the light of the world.
Your life could be changed forever, too.
Will you step out of the darkness and into the light?
¹DreamWorks Animation, L.L.C, “Story,” accessed 30 November, 2013, ” href=”http://www.thecroodsmovie.com/”>http://www.thecroodsmovie.com/.
²IMDb, “The Silence of the Lambs,” Quotes, accessed 30 November 2013, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102926/quotes
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About Jason B. Ladd
Jason is an author, speaker, Marine, and father of seven. He has flown the F/A-18 Hornet as a Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 (MAWTS-1) Instructor Pilot and the F-16 as an Instructor Pilot. His award-winning book One of the Few: A Marine Fighter Pilot’s Reconnaissance of the Christian Worldview has been optioned for film adaptation. He is represented by Julie Gwinn of The Seymour Agency.