I look up in the sky and I think about all the stars and how many billions of stars are in the sky, but then I see one shining bright above all the rest. It is like us. There are billions of people in the world, at times we may feel lost in the crowd, or not important. I know that Heavenly Father knows us all and He will find us, and we can shine bright like that one star.

 John 1:3-5
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

I had the opportunity to go to the premier of The Stray. A new movie coming to theatres October 6th. I was excited to see this film by director Mitch Davis, who also directed The Other Side of Heaven. I loved that movie, which starred, the now well-known actress, Anne Hathaway. Mitch has a gift of telling a story and making you feel like you are part of it. You feel like you know the characters and you are sharing in their experiences.

As I sat down to watch this movie with three of my four kids I looked over and watched their eyes, they were enthralled immediately. I knew that the story was a true story, but it wasn’t until the movie began that I realized not only was it a true story, but it was director Mitch Davis’ story. It tells a story of the Davis family who feels lost, missing something, but they weren’t quite sure what. The mother pushes her husband, Mitch to bond more with their son. Mitch realized that their family needed a change. He moved his family from California to Colorado.

Shortly after moving Mitch decided to take his son and some neighbor kids on a camping trip. It was not starting out well they were a little bit lost, but he tried to stay optimistic. They still hadn’t found where they planned to camp by a lake, but it started to snow. They stopped and set up camp where they were. Mitch and the boys were settled in their tent with their faithful dog Pluto. It became obvious that Pluto sensed something.

Suddenly Pluto jumped through the air, knocking hot chocolate out of Mitch’s hands. In doing that taking the hit for Mitch from a lightning strike. The shock still went through Pluto and passed through all four people in the tent. All four of them were knocked out. It was emotional and funny. It was real life and I felt invested in the story. I laughed and cried and I fell in love with each person.

“We’re awfully small aren’t we boy? Or maybe we’re just a part of something awfully big.” ~Mitch Davis

Meeting the dog who played Pluto 
and talking to Mitch Davis after the movie was such an honor. 

Afterwards we had the opportunity to hear from Mitch. He talked for a few minutes about his near death experience. He shared a beautiful testimony in our Heavenly Father. " I just want to say to everyone here tonight, I know there is such a thing as death. I know there is such a thing as a God. I was on a mountain in the middle of Colorado, the middle of no where and I heard His voice." The movie is about faith and hope of a family, and the love of a dog. Check out the trailer HERE.