Since my last post was already about love I thought I’d put a juicy confession on here, I’m hoping it’s not too soon in my blogging career to do that. Having worked at a preschool my four-year-olds often debate about who is their favorite character in Disney’s Frozen and my own controversial opinion is that Olaf is the best character. Okay so maybe that’s not as juicy to my adult readers but in my defense your opinions on Frozen in that classroom could make you or break you.
But assuming that the only readers I have are adult ones I can up the ante a little. For example, what if I told you that the love of Olaf the Snowman reminds me of the love of God. Yup I have seen the movie so many times and been so constantly surrounded with the endless memorabilia that after giving it some thought not only is Olaf my favorite character but he demonstrates true love the best.
Before you throw down your computer in a rage at this Frozen blasphemy hear me out. Olaf is always optimistic, constantly providing comic relief by having his body fall apart all over the place, always reminding what he knows to be true: that everything will turn out fine. He sings his dreamy song of summer and is the first to dance with the trolls. He even stands in place of the minister when Christoff and Anna are set up by the trolls to be married.
But it goes even deeper than all of this. Watching the scene when both Elsa is being tormented by her own demons and Anna is slowly freezing to death, the one who comes to their rescue is Olaf. He starts with Anna. He goes to her room and unlocks the door with his nose. He lights the fire even though it causes him to melt and he holds her close. He then asks her the most important question of the movie: You don’t know a thing about love do you?
It’s the one line he says in the movie that is not a joke. It’s the one question God has been asking me in my own spiritual life. Because at one point in my life I was the perfect perfectionist, always performing the way everyone expected me to, like a walking resume never without some new goal. But it left me with a very frozen heart, if you’ll pardon the pun, and a very small comfort zone. Because to live the life I want for myself, the abundant life that Jesus died for me to have, I have to start exploring the answer to that question. Because I have an overwhelming feeling that the answer is no.
In my twenty-four years on the planet I have experienced the deep love of family, the deep love of friends, and even some very romantic little dates. But I admit to you all here that I know nothing about love. Because if I truly believed the Word of God, which repeatedly says that He loves me and that I shouldn’t be afraid, I’d probably act differently. I think I’d take a cue from Olaf the snowman and play more, enjoy things more, worry never, forgive others more easily… In fact is this transformative love that ends the movie. Elsa is forced to confront her own past (guilt about harming her sister) and when she confronts it and apologizes to her sister Anna (forgiveness!) both of them are set free. Anna is free to pursue the right guy this time and Elsa is free to do what she was meant to do: restore her parents’ kingdom. And Olaf finally gets what he always wanted, to see everyone laughing and enjoying the summer. Just like he told them all along.
What if the way to please God wasn’t to earn His love, but to enjoy it as His gift to you because He loves you so much? What if all God wants to do is to give us each a warm hug to melt our frozen hearts?