by Dr. Stan Hudson, who served as a Seventh-day Adventist pastor for 38 years and is currently the Director of Creation Ministries at the North Pacific Union Conference
Disclaimer: If you don’t know who Elsa is, you should probably read another article, as the references here won’t make sense!
Last Thanksgiving Disney released the long-awaited sequel to their mega-hit animated movie Frozen. And it seems that their fans have been rewarded for their patience with another chapter in this princess saga. The continued success of this franchise is based on solid characters, edge-cutting computer animation and, of course, the amazing music of the Lopez composers. How many places have you heard “Let it Go” sung over the last few years? And the marketing of knockoff products has made Disney many millions (I challenge anyone today to go to the local Walmart and find less than 50 Frozen-endorsed products…like duct tape–I’m not kidding!).
But the interesting star of these movies has been the ice queen of Arendelle, Elsa. The success of Elsa and thus Frozen might be tied to her personal fears of the apparent powers she had in producing ice. Her “journey” came to a head when she let go of those fears,
“Let It Go” being the anthem, and ended up in a self-induced exile in her ice palace. The movie ends up happy, of course!
In trying to recapture that moment in Frozen II with more Lopez musical magic, a couple of years later Elsa now feels uneasy about her life, feeling she was meant for more. She is still afraid of messing things up. But into that openness comes a distant voice, calling her to leave her world. “Into the Unknown” is the first of two ballads meant to cover her wrestlings with this voice. She wonders whose voice it is; are they like her, will they show her the way to becoming what she thinks she was meant to be? Do they have the answers to her questions? But can she leave her current life at the invitation of this voice? She finally gives in and leaves her comfortable world to find the voice.
The second ballad, “Show Yourself,” has Elsa arriving at the voice’s source and touchingly asking that the voice reveals themselves. “I’m here,” she sings. And she beckons, “you are the one I’ve been looking for all of my life. Come to me now, open your door, don’t keep me waiting one moment more. Oh, come to me now….” In the powerful scene she meets the voice and successfully discovers that she (Elsa) WAS meant to be more. She has a purpose that involves reconciling people and kingdoms that she knows. She was meant to bring people together. And in this climactic scene Elsa is… and I know this sounds funny coming from an Adventist, but I think you’ll get it…glorified with a brilliant new look.
The reason THIS Frozen connects with people is an undeniable truth that all people feel at some point in their lives: is this all that there is? Is my life just this day to day existence, or is there a higher purpose I was meant to fill? And if a voice were to come and invite me to discover that purpose….
Micah 2:10: “Arise and depart, for this is not your rest.” Then where shall we go? Is there a ‘still, small voice’ that will lead us? “Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live.” Isaiah 55:3. “Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21.
That Voice is still calling people today, the Elsa’s of the world. It might seem to be a scary trip “into the unknown,” but the Voice will never leave or forsake us. And when we finally arrive, we will find waiting for us all the answers to all of our questions…and better yet, the One Who has made the journey already Himself.