I’m a dad, so I’ve seen Frozen…

My little girl, like most, loves the storytelling ability of Disney. As a parent I’m a fan too. Most of Disney’s efforts in movies and parks and rides and more are about shared family experiences. They want the whole family to have fun.

This past weekend, family day included a trip to see Frozen 2 with the kids. I very much enjoyed the movie and watching my kids enjoy it as well. I like the take on love that Frozen has given us. It’s about the power of love, but not only romantic love. There’s power in familial love too.

These lessons are wonderful for generations who’ve had the very fabric of family unraveled through the years.

But the lessons from Frozen, not even subtly, go beyond, into the spiritual. Faith, hope, and love are explored at a deeper level in this second chapter of the story of these Arendelle. Through the wisdom of the trolls, songs of a magical snowman, and very real discussions among friend we see themes of resurrection, newness, paths, seasons, reconciliation, purpose, and making right past wrongs. Go see the movie!

There’s two things that have stuck with me. Maybe because of where I am in my life as husband, dad, pastor; or maybe because these things are always true and necessary. Let’s explore the two most (in my opinion) powerful quotes from Disney’s Frozen II.

1.) Sage Wisdom From A Troll

If you’ve seen the first Frozen movie you know about these wise, magical, silly trolls that raised Sven and Kristoff. They are “love experts” and apparently the wisest creatures in the land. When things start to take shape in the story and the conflict has arisen, the trolls connect with the sisters.

There’s uncertainty about what to do, when to do it, and why.

Sound familiar?

Sounds like life and faith to me. Faith embraces uncertainty. It’s two sides of the same coin.

So, the question comes up. What do we do? When we don’t know what to do, what do we do?

“The next right thing!”

Are you sitting in a space where the future is unclear, uncertain? Maybe. This time of year lends itself to that feeling. Fall has come and some things are dying so new things can be born. This is true of our earth and our life. You’re on a new path but there’s mist at the foot of the mountain and next steps are unclear. So, what do you do?

“The next right thing!”

God’s will is “whatever” so focus on something else. Focus on the “ways” of God and the “will” of God tends to reveal itself in time. The ways of God? Yeah. Faith, hope and love. One biblical author says these are the things that last forever. And the most important? LOVE!

Which brings me to the next big truth from Frozen II.

2.) Unbreakable Love From A Lover

As everything is being reconciled and the climax of the movie is ending the sisters and friends are reunited. Anna feels compelled to explain her decisions to Kristoff. Decisions to leave, go it alone, and in a moment set out into the unknown without him. It’s a real moment because we’ve all had loved ones hurt us.

Kristoff looks at her lovingly, understandingly and says…

“It’s okay. My love isn’t fragile.”

Did you just get chills?

I did. Right when I typed that sentence I got chills.

Real, enduring love isn’t fragile. It’s tough. Resilient. It’s “in it” for the long haul and long hauls are hard. This statement by an animated character in a fictitious story made me reflect on my own love. Is my love fragile? Can it take a beating and still keep pursuing?

I think this is the kind of love Jesus demonstrated for us. It makes me think of Peter. Peter was one of the closest people to Jesus. He got it wrong a lot. Bu to his credit he was trying, hard. He was determined to be “in it” with Jesus. Often this led to hubris, wayward words, and even attempted violence. But this wasn’t the way of Jesus.

And Jesus was patient with him.

At one point Peter is trying to convince Jesus (and probably himself) of his loyalty. But Jesus informs him that he will end up denying Jesus and running and hiding like so many others. Peter couldn’t, wouldn’t believe it. But then it happened. We’ve all been there. We’ve experienced the pain and disappointment that comes with doing the one thing you were determined not to do.

When Jesus resurrected we find another story with him and Peter. This time they sit by a fire on the beach in the wake of this betrayal. Can you put yourself in Peter’s sandals?

I can.

Jesus, with a tough love, asks Peter if he loves him. Peter says yes. Jesus asks this one time for every denial…3.

“You know I do Lord!”

Peter tries to convince Jesus (and probably himself) once more.

Then Jesus does this thing. His love isn’t fragile. He gives Peter a responsibility. He gives him purpose. He gives him the “flock.” He tells him to feed them…to lead them. These followers would need a leader when Jesus leaves and that leader would be Peter. A failure.

When love is fragile it refuses to believe in second (or third or fourth) chances for violators. When love is fragile it can’t forgive. When love is fragile grace is lost.

May we strengthen our love. Give it a strong back and on that back bear the burdens of others.

These are my lessons from Frozen II. It’s a funny, family movie and I really enjoyed watching it and my kids. I love good stories. The best stories reflect our own story. I’m committed to the next right thing when I’m not sure what’s next. I’m committed to a tough, loud, strong love.

Did you see the movie? Join the discussion by posting a comment about something that resonated with you!

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