On one early December day we watched the movie The Croods. It’s a Disney children’s movie. As we snuggled up with the kids one family pajama morning, tears streamed down our face as it so simply put into perspective the current situation for the whole family. It’s funny how God can use even the small, simple things in life to show you truth. The movie starts with this quote, “Once a upon a time, there was a beautiful tiger. He lived in a cave with the rest of his family. His father, Fear, and mother, Shame, told him “you may go anywhere you want, but never go near the cliff; for you could fall.” But when no one was looking, he’d go near the cliff. For the closer he came to the edge, the more he could hear; the more he could see; the more he could feel. Finally, he stood at the very edge. He saw a light. He leaned out to touch it…and he slipped…and he FLEW…to a place with more Son in the sky; a place not like today or yesterday…a place where things are better…a place called tomorrow.
As he flew he became braver. He would tell his father, Fear, “No more dark. No more hiding. No more caves. What’s the point of all this darkness? I want to follow the light. I can’t change, but I have my strength, the Son. And right now, that’s all I need.” Fear would reply, “No, we don’t know what’s over there. Maybe nothing! It’s too risky!” And the tiger would remind himself of the truth, “That the Son lives in tomorrow.” And he would shout back, “It’s a chance. And I’ll take that chance!”
Nate’s launch off the cliff was October 15th. Pharmaceutical had been a great industry for us. It provided many fun adventures and afforded a lifestyle of comfort. But God was calling Nate away from the industry into all kinds of unknown territory and career change. And we started the great adventure of following the light, a journey that will lead into tomorrow – out of the cave.” I wrote in my Christmas letter, “Brittany has seen Nate more alive in the past 5 weeks than in years. He’s relationship with God is growing, stretching, and expanding into places he didn’t even know existed.”
And on December 31st this came in the mail. (READ THE CARD)….It was a generous gift that went to pay our mortgage. God had just given us in another envelope of provision to stay on the journey for another month.