My wife was in the animated movie “Brave”. OK, she really wasn’t, but I “saw” her in it, in one particular scene. I’ll get to that scene, but first some background.
The premise of the story is that Princess Merida feels trapped and suffocated by her situation—her mother the queen, who does love her, is trying to make her into something the princess is not. She is not a “prim and proper”, sit-indoors type princess. Princess Merida has a fiery heart and taste for outdoor adventure, likes riding her swift horse Angus, and loves archery, which she is an ace at. All of that is who she is, in her very DNA.
OK, now the scene. In one of her adventures, Merida climbs a dangerous, vertical rock face, drinks from a legendary water fall, and then spins around in sheer delight on top of the pinnacle. Instead of being cooped-up in the castle, stifled by princess “training”, she is in “heaven”. It’s who she is, and it’s joyous and beautiful to see!
My wife Laura is battling breast cancer for the second time in five years--repressed by surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy treatments, and all that comes with this. It can be overwhelming at times, suffocating, draining the very DNA of who she is. …Yet, she hopes for a “new” life some day, a new body, in heaven, with God. And when I saw that scene of Merida scaling the pinnacle, drinking-in life, and dancing in utter glee, my eyes teared-up because I saw Laura in heaven.