Frozen :: True Love Thaws

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Oh, Frozen.  What an amazing movie.  I’ll admit.  I’m a sucker for a good Disney flick.  You don’t have to drag me to the theatre to watch one of those darn cartoons.  No sir.  I’m there in line with the kids, ready to watch.

But this movie.

Wow.

The lessons one can learn as an adult from this movie are phenomenal.  Seriously. I sat through the entire thing (at least twice) and couldn’t help but be amazed at the messages being taught here.  Let’s chat about them, shall we?

The Lies We Believe

Such a valuable, yet costly lesson to be learned here.  Elsa’s parents hide her away so her “issue” won’t have to be dealt with.  This sends so many mixed signals to everyone – Anna doesn’t understand why her sister won’t be with her; Elsa starts believing that she’s not lovable, not wanted, and shouldn’t feel, & shouldn’t process her “issue.” Hide it all away. That will be safe.  But it wasn’t safe. It isolated her from her family – from her community – from her responsibilities as queen – all of it.

It’s just like Adam & Eve in the Garden at the Fall.  Eve messed up.  Adam messed up.  They had an “issue” (sin) but instead of dealing with it head-on in a loving, forgiving environment, they chose to isolate and hide.  Shame. Fear. Control.  I am ashamed of what I’ve done.   I am afraid of the outcome.  So I must control this the best I know how.

We Need Community

16-18 Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed. The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with. Elijah, for instance, human just like us, prayed hard that it wouldn’t rain, and it didn’t—not a drop for three and a half years. Then he prayed that it would rain, and it did. The showers came and everything started growing again. (James 5, Msg)

Because of the shame/fear/control cycle, Elsa isolates.  And that’s the perfect environment for the enemy to come in and plant all kinds of ungodly beliefs (lies) that she based her life on until she was healed. Elsa hid from everyone her whole life (locked up in her room) because she was afraid of hurting others.  Her mantra was “conceal don’t feel.” She believed that She was better off alone and others were better off because she stayed away.

Sadly, “conceal, don’t feel” is a mantra for many hurting people today. Hide your feelings and isolate from everyone and that will make it all better.  But that’s a lie from the enemy (aka Satan).  Unfortunately for Elsa, the issue didn’t go away, it simply grew.  Why?  She wasn’t able to share.  She wasn’t able to connect.  She wasn’t able to process.  She was made to feel that the only way to deal with her issue, with her hurting heart was to isolate.  We need to be able to walk in the light with one another and not hide our weaknesses, sins, etc.  There is a release that comes from sharing our burdens with one another, because we realize we are not alone in this journey.

True Love Conquers All

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5, NIV)

This is such a great part of this movie.  First of all, kudos to Disney for finally creating a “true love’s kiss” moment that wasn’t a romantic (eros) love, but was a phileo (brotherly) love.

But I digress. 

The only thing that would cure this effects of this issue (which was thawing out a freezing Anna), even cure the issue itself (which was finding a way for Elsa to feel as if she was okay and that there was a place for her), was true love.

What?!

Yes.  True Love.

Elsa said, “Love thaws.”  Y’all.  This is so true.  Love thaws the most hardened heart, the most jaded, wounded spirit.  Love, God’s love, can reach into the depths of despair and pull people out of the darkest, deepest pit.  In the movie Anna finds out that only an act of true love can thaw her freezing heart.  I about came up out of my chair!!!   Only Jesus, our One True Love, can thaw the most frozen, hardened, hurt heart. Seriously.  I can’t make this stuff up.

Elsa not only needed true love, she needed community.  All of this points us back to the simple fact that we were created for relationship and created to love and be loved.  We have to have it or we will die.  No one can live a truly isolated life and live a healthy, fulfilled life.  It’s not possible because the Creator designed us to need one another, to need relationship.

Ahhhhh!  If you haven’t watched the movie, go watch it.  While you’re at it, ask Jesus to show you any frozen areas of your heart that need His true love to thaw.

He will show you.  I promise.

About Mary Hess

Mary is a creative spirit, gifted speaker, loyal wife and loving mother dedicated to furthering the message and mission of Jesus. A Kentucky native living in Summerville, South Carolina, Mary is an active member of New Day Community Church – where she serves on staff as a Pastoral Assistant and Director of Event & Communication. When she’s not working, Mary enjoys reading, blogging and spending time with her husband and two children. And coffee. She really loves coffee.

Comments

  1. Mary, such beautiful reflection on this wonderful movie. I’ve seen twice now and have adored both times. :)

  2. This is so. good. Thanks for sharing!

  3. It’s crazy what you can get out of one disney movie. I agree. This is a great family movie! I really liked that you could see Elsa choosing the evil and then she stops. A lot of movies have their characters who have already chosen to be evil and good so the story is about who wins. I like that one of the themes in this story is choosing to be evil or choosing to be good.