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.
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
8 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.
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.