From Beyond the Pulpit – When Olaf Dies, I Cried…

Last newsletter I wrote about Elsa “hearing the voice” and how that relates to God’s still, small voice.  Disclaimer time:  if you haven’t seen the movie “Frozen 2,” you likely won’t quite get this month’s thought.  But let’s try….

Olaf is well-known to the children of America (and their parents) as the snowman who is a companion to the two sisters of the Frozen movies:  Anna and Elsa.  He is dependent upon Elsa, who was his creator.  When Elsa “dies” (freezes) in the movie…well, nobody is dead forever in most Disney flicks, the life force in Olaf begins to fade.  He realizes this and tells Anna.  They are alone in a cavern when this happens.

In one of the most tender scenes I can remember in an animated feature, Anna gathers Olaf in her arms as he literally begins to “flurry away.”  Olaf remarks that there IS something that is permanent…”love!”  Anna responds with a tearful “warm hugs?”  “Oh, I like warm hugs.”  Anna pulls him closer as his color fades.  Holding him ever closer, she whispers “I love you.”

And…I lose it.  And it’s not just the touching passing away of a snowman.  It’s because of my image of God.  I see God in Anna.

Scripture clearly reveals that the emotions we feel are a faint representation of the Creator’s heart in Whose image we were made.  And the most difficult experience for God to go through is the same ones we go through:  having loved ones depart.

Luke 19:41:  Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it,….”  The Greek word for “wept” is better rendered “sobbed.”  This was the heart of God being torn in two by the rejection of His Son and the possibility of spending eternity together.  The tears were Jesus saying, “I love you.  How can I let you go?”

And you all know the “deepest text in the Bible:” John 11:35.  “Jesus wept.”  The printer Robert Stephanus, who in 1551 first rendered the Bible with numbered verses, read this verse and he felt it should have its own number and stand alone.  It had power.

When I saw Anna hold the fading Olaf close in her arms with that whisper of love, I thought of God at the end of earth’s time figuratively weeping (maybe not figuratively?) over the lost…saying “I love you” to Hitler, to Stalin, to Nero…and even to Lucifer.  God is love.

It says in Revelation that God will “wipe away every tear.”  But Who has lost the most?  Who will shed the most tears?  And how will our God be comforted?  I think that that will be our job.

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