I love the movie Frozen, I can’t count how many times I have seen it. We even walked out of the church at our wedding to Love is an Open Door! One of the reasons it’s a great film is that it doesn’t have just one, but two princesses! The other is that I think that deep down, we can all relate to it.
We all have the desire to be loved like Anna, the naive younger sister, but sometimes we fail, like her older sister Elsa.
Elsa has an unusual power. she is able to manipulate and control snow and ice. This power is as dangerous as it is beautiful, and one day she harms her younger sister. So her parents agree that the best thing to do is to isolate her until she is able to control this power. (Bad idea!)
Many years of isolation do not help. (Duh!) This power does not go away, but it grows, and she is still unable to control it, eventually she becomes ashamed of her power. But it won’t stay hidden. In a fit of anger she shows her power to the world! She is so horrified she runs away and builds her own ice palace, where she can hide from the world, protected.
I can so relate to that.
When I’m hurt or frustrated I normally want to spend time on my own; hide away in my own ice castle. But the truth is in the long run this is the worst thing I can do. It gives me space to dwell on my frustrations and annoyances, making them become much bigger in my own mind. If I don’t do something about it, these frustrations can take control. This leads to bitterness and a cold spirit. Out of our pain we find ourselves acting in ways we never imagined possible, ways we are ashamed to admit to anyone. Our hearts have frozen.
Sometimes we don’t even know what caused it and often we don’t know how to change it.
The truth is, all of our hearts are naturally bad or frozen, but there is something that we can do about it.
We can take it to God.
He promises he will take away our frozen heart and give us a brand new one.
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 36:26)
God can take away all the anger and bitterness and frustration we are holding in our hearts. He can melt our frozen hearts and give us brand new ones.
Hearts that are able to love despite being hurt.
And like Elsa, we can be joyful once again.