Let It Go (part 1)

A popular Disney movie made this phrase very popular with its hit song of the same name. Let it go. I have two thoughts on this subject, the first of which has to do totally with the message portrayed by this movie, at least how I understood it.

When I first heard the song, without seeing the movie, immediately I felt my spirit to be checked. I could hear the tones of rebellion being celebrated and thought this is not a good thing, no matter how much anyone could relate to it. I heard phrases alluding to how being good had been such a struggle and no longer was this going to be a goal. Let me just say, after seeing the movie, I have since had a new perspective, especially when seeing along side my own struggle.

I could seriously relate to this person, Princess Elsa. She had been given a unique ability that could be useful, but instead had become a curse to her when she accidentally hurt someone she loved, her sister. So let’s just say it was her problem. Also, if the subjects of this kingdom found out about it, she would have been shunned or possibly banished. In order to protect the ones she loved, she kept herself in isolation and silent. How so terribly sad. No one to share this burden with; no one to give her support. In addition, the people she loved knew nothing of her sacrifice for them so didn’t feel loved, but instead felt that she was cold. She didn’t want to accidentally freeze them, but in fact that’s exactly what she did, figuratively.

One day, when her presence was required, she was confronted by her sister and her secret was revealed. This caused her to respond naturally by flight, running away. In a sense, she now felt freedom because her secret was out, she no longer had to hide, but could finally ‘let it go!’ The trouble is, she’d been doing this alone for so long that ‘doing the right thing’ had become such a heavy burden so rebellion actually felt good. She was still wrong and still alone. She went from one extreme to another. She need help now more than ever.

Bravely and out of deep love, her sister decided to search after her. When she finally allowed someone to get close, she was able to find the help she needed. So, two things, when you try to hide things in your life, you won’t be successful, you will only make it worse. And the lesson for those outside looking in, if you see someone who is closed off or seemingly difficult, it may be a warning that someone is in need.

This is what is so beautiful about grace. It is undeserved. When you treat people in a manner they deserve, they expect that, but when you give people unconditional love and mercy as Jesus did, you will impact them. Similar is the story of the woman caught in adultery. When drug before the crowd and brought to Jesus’ feet, she expected judgement, but instead was given mercy. This did so much more to encourage her to change than any sentence.

Romans 6:1-4 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Now you ask, why are we talking about sin when this started out as a post about people with ‘problems’? Well, here’s the thing, sometimes our behavior problems will lead us into sin, especially when they aren’t dealt with or when we try to do it of our own accord. This creates a never ending cycle. Behavior problems lead to sin which lead to more behavior problems due to the guilt and shame, but Jesus broke this cycle by offering His life as a sacrifice for our sins.

Isaiah 53:5-6 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

The Word gives us encouragement when dealing with our weaknesses. Paul was tormented and asked for help and here was God’s response:

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

God is well able to deliver us from our places of torment, but sometimes He chooses to use them to help mold us into real gems and is wanting us to learn to lean on him while we are still in the struggle. The key is to walk with Him daily. I often visualize it as if He is giving me stones, one at a time, to walk across a stream and I won’t see the next one until I use the one He has provided for me today. If you will trust Him, He will not fail you. I have accomplished quite a life for someone dealing with my issues, but the reason has been all glory to God. As the song says, I don’t have to understand, I just need to hold His hand.

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