This post is based on the movie, not the book. Though I do plan to read The 5th Wave very soon! And, hopefully, analyze the heck out of it. 😉
In the movie, we see subtly but also profoundly Sam’s character arch in his relationship with Bear, his teddy bear. At the beginning, when Sam, Cassie, and their father make it to the refugee camp the “army” shows up to rescue them. They put the kids on a bus, but just as Sam and Cassie are seated Sam realizes he left Bear behind.
I can’t. I can’t go without him. ~ Sam to Cassie
Sam sends his sister off the bus — which is departing any second — to get the stuffed animal he can’t live without. Because of this, she gets left behind. They are separated. And Sam doesn’t know if he’ll ever see his sister again, or if she’s even still alive.
By the end of the movie, when Cassie finds Sam and saves him from the aliens this boy has changed. Cassie offers him Bear, whom she’s been carrying around with her as she fights to survive.
Look what I brought back to you. It’s Bear. ~ Cassie to Sam
In response, Sam knocks Bear away and wraps his arms around his sister.
What can’t Sam really leave behind? His sister, Cassie. The person he loves.
I think it’s really easy to get confused especially in the hustle, bustle, and noise of life about what matters most to us. At the end of the day, I believe for most people it is people. It is those we love. Even though we get angry that she broke this or took that or lost something, in the most desperate and trying of times things don’t matter to us. People do.
I’ve heard a lot of people ask and have wondered myself: What are we here for? Why did God even make us? I believe the answer to that is love. And I don’t mean that romantically, I mean the greatest form of love. I mean that we were meant to be true friends of God and each other. Because can a creation really be perfect where love doesn’t exist?
If you’ve ever experience raw, true love, I believe your answer would be like mine — no. Because there is nothing more perfect than that kind of love. Here are a few verses to mull over and explain what I mean by raw, true love:
Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails… ~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 NASB
But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. ~ 1 John 4:8 NLT
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. ~ John 15:13 NIV
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. ~ John 3:16 NIV