Sunday, April 6, 2014

The right reasons for Let it go and be Frozen



My neighbor's daughter introduced my kids to the Frozen movie. At first they had no idea what she was talking about, but as they play together quite often, now I can hear Luke singing to himself "Let it go" more times than I wish to hear!

I read the lyrics and I am not impressed. "Let it go, let it go, Turn my back and slam the door". Is that really what kids should be singing? There is a fake feeling of freedom in letting it go, as if what enslaved us in the first place were the rules, grown ups, and lack of power. As if our inner self would be the answer to freedom, happiness and success.

As children let it go, turn their backs and slam the door, they won't find freedom at all! They will find that their own hearts are broken, and that they don't hold the tools to fix it. It is just a false sense of freedom, while still slaved to never satisfying desires.

"If I could just be in control of my own destiny then things would be fine" is at a first look, a very appealing, confident and positive message. The popular independence from all higher powers, no one telling me what to do. I remember of a very confident man that after Jesus had said "you will all fall away because of Me this night", he replied: "Even thought all may fall away because of You, I will never fall away." Peter was in control of his decisions, he had decided then and there that even if God Himself had said something different, Peter was free to decide how he would write his own destiny.

Jesus tried to warn him "This very night, before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times." But Peter was not convinced as he said "Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You." Don't we all want to raise confident kids? The ones that are able to stand up and speak for themselves? I surely do. I hope my boys stand up for what is right even if that costs them something. But there is a difference between being confident in Jesus Christ and being confident in themselves. 

Peter was very confident in himself. However, he finds out a little later that he would in fact deny Jesus three times, not even at risk of death, but just to protect his image in front of regular servants and bypasses. And when the rooster crows, he remembers and he weeps. The pain of learning the hard way that he was in fact slaved by his own desires and that freedom does not come from within.


Let it go of yourself for Jesus, Let it go of yourself for Jesus, the lyrics should say. Don't try to pretend that you are strong enough to take care of yourself, that you are wise enough to know the future, that you are brave enough to win the battles, because you are not! Because I am not! And it is ok. It is ok to need someone stronger, to trust someone wiser, and to receive help from someone braver. It does not make you less, it makes more of you. Because someone so strong, so wise and so brave cares enough about you to offer His hand, His pierced hand, for you to hold on. Because someone so important loves you enough to have Let it go of Himself, when He could have taken the entire world apart. He froze Himself on that cross, so that all of our slavery could be broken. 

"While being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously; and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls." Guess who wrote this piece? Peter did! He had learned his lesson.

Sometimes you got to freeze yourself too, but for the right reasons. 

"Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." (Psalms 46:10)

Children, Let it go of yourself, Let yourself be loved by the biggest, deepest, highest, largest and longest love of all. He does not want to hurt you, He wants to stop you from hurting yourself. Be frozen, be still and let Him take you in His hands and you won't need to turn your back anymore, or slam that door shut, it is not your fight, it is His. Don't lie to yourself that you were not bothered by the cold. There is warmth in his arms, run into the direction of light, not darkness. 

Let it go and be frozen.


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