Frozen Series: Let it Go!
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16
I love the Disney movie “Frozen”. There are many lessons to be learned from the movie. I love the strength of Elsa and the naïve yet loving spirit of Anna; I boo’d the villain Hans and cheered the hero, Kristoff. Big sister, Elsa, had the power to produce ice and snow. The Trolls told her that her powers could be good or evil and that fear would be the force that would make her powers evil. It was Elsa’s fear that hurt her sister when they were playing. She lost her balance and trying to protect her accidently struck her with ice. Her parents locked her up and kept her away from everyone including her little sister. Her father gave her gloves to put on and together they said, “Conceal it, don’t feel it, don’t let it show.”
How many of us hide our gifts under a bushel basket not letting those gifts and talents show? Maybe you are afraid to reveal the real you to others maybe even to yourself. Not until Elsa embraced who she was and all her power and merged it with true love could she heal the land. And not until we embrace the reality of who we are and cover it and ourselves with true love can we be healed, can we have healthy relationships.
One more lesson is forgiveness. Anna had been struck by her sister’s powers twice; the second time almost killed her. She could have run to Kristoff but chose to save her sister’s life instead. Many of us hold on to past hate, grudges, and frustrations but the past is in the past…let it go! I love what the Trolls told Elsa’s parents “The heart is not so easily changed but the head can be persuaded.” Unforgiveness can also stifle the purity of who we are; it can cause us to bury our gifts deep so deep in that dark place. It is time to open the door or throw off the bushel basket and let our lights shine; reveal those powers that God has instilled in us to make all things new. Once Elsa embraced an act of true love she used her powers to bring joy to her kingdom. We are to use our powers for the building up of the kingdom of God and we cannot go into isolation closing the doors to the world instead we have to be a part of the world. We have to let go of fear, let go of concealment, just let go and let God!