This is the first New Year’s Eve I’ve spent almost completely alone. My daughter and I have been watching Disney+ in the mix of doing laundry and washing dishes. This year has been a season of changing and adapting to new situations with family. So much has changed, but mostly for the better. Most of my family has moved far enough away that popping in for a quick visit is out of the question, and most of my close friends are as far as other states. I’m in sort of a limbo of needing to let go of relationships that simply aren’t feasible anymore while connecting to the people that are around me.
As my daughter sits near me watching Frozen on the iPad, I can’t help but reflect on our recent trip to the theater with my mom and siblings to see Frozen II. Frozen was a game-changer in Disney Princess history when the “true love” needed to save Anna turned out to be her own love for her sister.
The mold was broken once again in Frozen II when Elsa journeys “into the unknown” in search of a voice that has been awakened and is calling. As it turns out, she is the one she had been looking for all along.
The season of growth and change was so strong in Frozen II as each main character, and some new ones, learned to handle the things out of their control. Many people in the Christian community criticize the aspect of finding one’s self. This can easily be related to the whole “follow your heart” and “you do you” philosophies that are tossed around in the world. But I would argue that Elsa is a direct representation of following the Spirit in faith and trust, and being rewarded with knowing who she is and where she is supposed to be.
Elsa represents faith. She hears the call and follows it relentlessly, knowing it will lead her to the answers she seeks. Anna represents doubt. She finds herself chasing after Elsa and ignoring her own calling–this happens symbolically in two ways, but I won’t specify to prevent spoilers. Sometimes when we follow the path God has set before us, we leave people behind along the way. Not because we want to, but because our purpose requires us to do so.
As I reflect on the end of this decade to who I was 10 years ago, I see the growth and change of God guiding me along the way. I have no clue what is coming, or really where I’m heading, but I know as long as I keep going and staying true to what is right, things will be okay. I can tell the themes from Frozen II are going to follow me around into the coming year.
“Arise, shine, for your light has come,Isaiah 60:1-3
and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth
and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you
and his glory appears over you.
Nations will come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn. “
Happy New Year 🙂