Yes, the title of this post was borrowed from a recently popular animated movie.
And yes, we have watched the movie “Frozen” (gasp!).
Why the “gasp!”?, you may ask. Well, there is some controversy about the message of and some scenes in the movie “Frozen”. I suppose that, if you watch the movie while holding a particular worldview, you could read into it whatever you wanted. What I took away from the movie was a warning about the dangers of and the cure for a frozen heart.
For those of you who haven’t seen the movie, I won’t spoil too much for you. One character, Elsa, has secret powers that she attempts to conceal. In her attempts, she not only harms herself but has a negative impact on her relationships and the world around her. When she finally decides to “let it go“, thinking she will find freedom, she instead descends further into fear and isolation. As her sister Anna tries to rescue her, she learns the secret to breaking the “eternal winter” spell:
Only an act of true love will thaw a frozen heart.
As we watched the climatic scenes of the movie, these words of Jesus Christ came to mind:
This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (Joh 15:12-13)
I don’t believe that Disney would intentionally put forth an overtly Christian message. However, from my worldview, I can choose to see the good message that this movie presents.
What greater love was ever demonstrated than Jesus dying on the cross to free us from the “eternal winter” in our souls due to sin? His one act of true love, and sending the Holy Spirit into those who put all of their faith and trust in Him, will melt away the iciness of sin and isolation and bring an overwhelming warmth into our hearts. We will be truly free, instead of further isolated and in bondage to fear.
Why did this theme speak to me? Because with grief, there is a danger of developing a frozen heart. In our pain, we tend to isolate ourselves and not be open about how we truly are. We want others to think that we are “OK” so that we can avoid a potentially uncomfortable situation. But instead of making the situation better, and allowing the opportunity for some healing and love (not only for ourselves but for the others who are trying to help), we create an icy emotional environment. When we lay down our desire for self-preservation and reach out in love, even serving others and considering their interests as more important than ours (laying down our life), then we free ourselves from the bondage of our frozen heart.
Again, this is just our personal view.