Updated: Sep 29
RIDICULOUSLY MASSIVE FROZEN II SPOILERS AHEAD.
Seriously. Turn away now if you don’t want to know Frozen II details.
Okay. I took my kids to see Frozen II, and we LOVED it. It was everything a sequel should be, it had a whole new story, but held on to the feel of the original. What I really liked was that the viewer could sense a growth in each of the characters since the first movie ended. Years have passed, and they have matured as real people would. I don't think I’m alone when I say that Elsa’s storyline was the clear favorite. She starts by hearing a voice that no one else hears. She recognizes that her life is comfortable now; things are easy and uneventful. She doesn’t want to mess that up by going “Into the Unknown” and following whatever this voice has for her. But it keeps calling to her, and her curiosity and her magnet-like attraction towards it only strengthens. The crew ends up venturing into an enchanted forest, each character breaking off to develop their own adventure/purpose. Elsa follows the voice until she finds a place that reveals the source of her powers and why she was born. She finds a new sense of purpose and finally we see an unwavering confidence and peaceful joy that we haven't seen in her before. Each character ends up with a renewed sense of purpose. Disney movies give me the feels because as a 90’s kid, I’m notoriously nostalgic. I love sharing these movies with my kids so they may love them, too. I thought the emotion I was feeling had to do with that and the empowerment aspect of these movies. The female characters don’t only exist to get married. Elsa doesn’t seem to care one bit whether she gets married one day or not. And while Anna has Kristoff, she has a purpose that involves him, but isn’t revolving around him. Kristoff is allowed to express his emotions in ways that may not have been allowed for male characters in other movies. When he reunites with Anna and sees her in distress, he doesn’t take charge, pushing her aside. Instead he says, “I’m here, what do you need?” I love that my kids can see men and women portrayed this way. It wasn’t until I went home, downloaded the soundtrack, and listened until the lyrics were burned into my brain, that I realized my “feels” were not solely from nostalgia and empowerment. There’s something more there. The internet has a running debate of which song is the new “Let it Go”: “Into the Unknown” or “Show Yourself.” My answer is both.
Much like my comparisons in “The Greatest Showman,” I couldn't help but see the parallels here of Elsa’s journey and our journey into trusting and following God through his Holy Spirit.
“I can hear you but I won't Some look for trouble while others don't There's a thousand reasons I should go about my day And ignore your whispers which I wish would go away, oh Whoa
You're not a voice, you're just a ringing in my ear And if I heard you, which I don't, I'm spoken for I fear Everyone I've ever loved is here within these walls I'm sorry, secret siren, but I'm blocking out your calls I've had my adventure, I don't need something new I'm afraid of what I'm risking if I follow you”
Sensing the Holy Spirit is not something people talk about much. But from my experience, most people don’t hear this voice until after they’ve made a decision to get to know Jesus and to follow him. Even after this, it is very much a journey, a process. I relate it to tuning a radio. I have believed in Jesus for as long as I can remember, but it wasn’t until I started tuning in, searching for the Holy Spirit, that I began to get some fuzzy stations where I heard the promptings. It’s so exciting, but it’s also a little scary. For those of us who don’t feel inherently very “spiritual” it takes some breaking down of our self-built barriers. I also had a bit of hesitancy to tune in since James 4:17 says, “Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.” Once you feel a prompting from the Holy Spirit, it is a sin not to do it. So sometimes it feels safer to cover our ears. Staying still, not listening, it feels like holding on to control, familiarity, and comfort. But God loves us to risk for him, to trust him. Elsa hears a soft and gentle, ethereal voice. God speaks to us all in different ways, but he won’t force himself on us. God will pursue us. He may be persistent, much like the voice Elsa hears, but we have a choice to make.
“Or are you someone out there who's a little bit like me?
Who knows deep down I'm not where I'm meant to be?....
Don't you know there's part of me that longs to go...
...Are you out there?
Do you know me?
Can you feel me?
Can you show me?”
We’re not of this world. This earthly home is temporary, we’re just here for a time. In John 17:16, Jesus said, “They do not belong to this world any more than I do.” Our real home is with Jesus. It is less about a place and more about a culture, a perfect kingdom with a perfect king. With our trials on earth, with our daily struggles, and with our larger-than-life aspirations and dreams that we just don’t have the time or resources to achieve here, we sense we were not created solely for this small time we have on earth. We were made for so much more, and whether we recognize it or not, it gives us a longing for more, a dissatisfaction. Our souls know we were made for more than this, and they are bursting from our bodies, just waiting to get a taste. That taste is the Holy Spirit, calling and guiding us.
I take back what I said earlier. For me, “Show Yourself” is my new “Let it Go.” Listen to it while picturing yourself having just let go of all control, allowing the Holy Spirit to speak into your life, and you finally have the truth revealed to you. You have a renewed purpose and confidence, feeling less concerned about yourself and more in awe of your power source.
“Every inch of me is trembling
But not from the cold
Something is familiar
Like a dream I can reach but not quite hold
I can sense you there
Like a friend I've always known
And it feels like I am home…
I'm dying to meet you
It's your turn
Are you the one I've been looking for
All of my life?
I'm ready to learn….
I’ve never felt so certain
All my life I've been torn
But I'm here for a reason
Could it be the reason I was born?
I have always been so different
Normal rules did not apply
Is this the day?
Are you the way
I finally find out why?
I'm no longer trembling
Here I am
I've come so far
You are the answer I've waited for
All of my life
Oh, show yourself
Let me see who you are…”
Once you feel the Holy Spirit, it is hard to describe the feeling. But I think Elsa nails it in this song, especially in that first verse. I have found that while the Holy Spirit pushes me to do hard things, things I wouldn’t have done otherwise, I am in such delight to have heard from God that I don’t even care. I just want to walk with him, to trust in him, and to love him! Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5
While many people view the Bible as a big book of rules, I think instead we are meant to see it as one big love story. In it, we see God carefully creating us, our sin creating a division between him and humanity, him grieving us, and then sacrificing his only son, essentially chasing after us to give us a chance to come back to him. “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
My favorite part of “Show Yourself” is when Iduna’s (Elsa’s mother’s) voice joins in the song, tying it all together with the original lullabies she used to sing to young Anna and Elsa.
Iduna: Come, my darling, homeward bound
Elsa: I am found!…
As Elsa begins to see around her the answers she’s been looking for, she realizes the voice she’s been hearing all along is her late mother. The voice begins to sing with her, happy she has now found her way. Elsa exclaims, “I am found!” The relationship we can have with God is like that with a perfect parent. Many have struggled with their relationship with their parents, so it may be difficult to understand the potential here. But God is a perfect parent, he wants us to “come home” to him, meaning to give him a chance, trusting he will not fail us like earthly parents could. Elsa finally feels whole; she finally gave in to the voice and followed it to the truth. While we certainly live by different rules than the Frozen universe, it still stands as a great comparison to finding a relationship with God through the Holy Spirit, which is very real, and within reach of anyone willing to follow his voice.
My purpose in writing this today is not as much for teaching as it is to encourage you to feel excited about what it could mean to be in a close relationship with Jesus. It doesn’t mean a new set of rules and a ball and chain holding you back from all the fun you could be having. Instead, it means being led on an adventure, feeling like you’ve finally come home; you’ve been found! We were created to be purpose-driven, and the fulfillment we seek in our relationships, families, jobs, and status will always leave us wanting more. The only way our souls can feel true fulfillment is through close relationship with Jesus through his Holy Spirit, allowing it to lead us towards things we never would have imagined! My prayer is that you can listen to these songs and watch this movie with this in mind, and feel a child-like sense of adventure with what Jesus has for you next!
Ashlee is a wife and SAHM, an eager follower of Jesus, and a chronically loud-laugher. She loves finding new ways to look at the Bible, in hopes to grow closer to Jesus and to find fresh ways to learn and teach others.
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