“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” – Deuteronomy 31:6.
After accidentally striking her sister with ice, Anna’s parents rush her to Pabbie (the grandfather troll) in hopes of healing her. This is what Pabbie says after removing Anna’s memories of Elsa’s power: “Elsa your power will only grow. There’s a beauty in it and also a danger. Fear will be your enemy.”
Elsa and her parents are afraid of her power so they decide it’s best to remove Anna’s memories of it, and they lock themselves away from the outside world so no one will find out about what Elsa can do. The fear of Elsa’s power leads to Elsa isolating herself from everyone, including her sister. Anna is left alone with no one to play with while Elsa is left alone to try and learn how to deal with what she now views as a curse.
Her power does indeed grow, but her ability to control it does not. In one of the most dramatic scenes in the movie, we see Elsa lose complete control of her power in front of everyone. After losing control Elsa runs away from everyone to continue living in isolation. But as she finds out she can’t run far enough away from her troubles.
I believe we can learn about faith and fear from the movie Frozen. There are plenty of things to be afraid of in this life, but we can trust that God hold’s us in his hands. His perfect love for us can indeed be trusted. We know that God desires to prosper us and not to harm us, and he has a plan for our lives that is filled with hope for the future (Jeremiah 29:11). Now, as we know, this doesn’t mean that life is easy, but instead that God uses the things we may consider as curses to grow us, and change us into the image of his Son (Romans 8:29). We also know that all things work together for our good (Romans 8:28).
So the main point to take away from Frozen is this: “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” (1 John 4:18) God loves us perfectly, so when we are afraid, we can take those fears to God, and trust that whatever is happening in our lives is in His hands. We don’t have to run away, we don’t have to isolate ourselves, and hurt those around us. We just have to trust Him with our lives.
So before we make a mess of things the way Elsa did, we can pray and seek God to show us what we need to do with our fears and worries.
So my question to you is this; what are you afraid of? What fear in your life has become bigger than the trust you have in God? Will you trust Him today or will you run away? Will you model what perfect love can do to fear?
- How do you deal with fear in your life?
- Which of the following statements best describes you: (1)I feel alone and stuck in life and would love to connect more with others.(2) I feel uncertain if I’m living in isolation but I can relate to Elsa’s experience. (3) I feel connected but I can take intentional steps to further build authentic relationships.
- Read Hebrews 10:23-25. When we face a crisis we tend to hide from our greatest resource–our relationships. Do you remember a time someone encouraged you through their friendship? How did they help you?
- Loneliness is not due to the absence of people but to the lack of authentic connection with people. Do you agree?What are some obstacles in creating authentic connections with people?
- Why is getting a “God perspective” important when we feel afraid?