We have dived deep into the new movie Frozen 2 discussing the characters, plot, and even the places depicted in the movie. We have discussed how all of these things tie into the Bible and into our lives. This time around, we are going to look at the soundtrack of the movie. Each song has a theme or has certain phrases that are worth noting and pondering. We are going to look at each song and see what lies in store for us to unpack. Let’s begin.
The first song in Frozen 2 is a song called “All Is Found”. The song is about a river, Ahtohallan, that is full of memory, magic, and truth. This river becomes the climax of the plot in the movie and in this song lies some compelling truths. Let’s compare this river to Eden. Eden is the first specific place described in the Bible and its description is nothing short of stellar. It is like a big garden with beautiful trees and rivers and animals. It’s a place where God walks amongst His creation and everything is perfect and at peace. “Sleep my darling, safe and sound, for in this river, all is found. In Eden, all could be found because God is the source of all and He was there.
There were two trees in this garden, the tree of life and the tree of knowing good and bad. One, the tree of life, led to immortality and good. The other, was not to be touched, a tree shrouded in mystery. Keep this in mind as we move forward. “All Is Found” continues, “In her waters deep and true, lie the answers and a path for you.” Eden was a place where we could walk, grow, and live with God. We were created for Eden and all of creation is meant to live in an Eden state. Eden is the path we should, a place of love and peace. The song continues, “Dive down deep into her sound but not too far, or you’ll be drowned.” Adam and Eve lived in Eden for who knows how long, but remember those trees I mentioned earlier? One, the tree of knowledge of good and bad was not to be eaten from and with the help of a crafty snake, both humans ate from the tree. This is the moment when they went too far, this is the moment they drowned. They loved Eden and they loved God but they did not obey. They did not listen and the temptation became too much. They gave in, they went too far, and they drowned. Now, because of that moment and what we do, we are drowning. We are drowning in sin because we’ve all gone too far.
“Yes she will sing to those who hear and in her song all magic flows.” This line from the song can depict what God does for us. He calls us if we will listen (James 4:8). Through God, all power flows (Matthew 19:26). “But can you brave what you most fear? Can you face what the river knows?” The encouraging words of Paul in his second letter to Timothy should echo in our minds, “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7). When we receive the Holy Spirit, we then possess a Spirit that is not afraid but is one of power. We have the power to defeat Satan with the Holy Spirit, thus we should not fear what he can do to us, because with the Spirit, we have the power to overcome him.
“Come my darling, homeward bound. When all is lost, then all is found.” We should be coming back to God continually, and waiting for the Eden state of creation to return. When we are away from God, we are lost. We are lost in what to do, where to go, how to live, and we have no direction. With God, we have a home, and we know where we are going. We know we are home and that we will be home forever with Him. All is found when we are with God.
The next song we come to in the movie is “Some Things Never Change”. It’s a song that highlights love, worry, and change. Even though things like weather, relationships, and the future may change, there are some things that don’t like a bonding love. When we talk about God’s love for us, we can also say that His love for us does not change. Hebrews 13:8 declares boldly that, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Jesus will always be the same, in his love, grace, and victory, there is no change.
Change can be a scary event sometimes. I think a critical reason why change can be frightening is because of the unknowns that come with change. We’re not sure what will happen or what will be different with change and that scares us. Some things we don’t want to change and the thought of certain things changing makes us feel uncomfortable. As Anna expresses in the song, she relies on “certain certainties” to keep her stable when things around her start to change. What can our certain certainties be as Christians? Let’s find out.
There are promises that God makes with his people that we can take as our certain certainties. Here are just a few to remember in certain situations when you:
Feel Guilty-Psalms 130:3-4/Romans 8:1-3
Feel Despair-Psalm 119:116/Hebrews 10:35 Are Disappointed-Psalm 22:4-5/ Matthew 19:26 Are Persecuted- Matthew 5:10-12 Are Anxious- Matthew 6:25-27 Are Sick-Psalm 23:4/James 5:14-15 Are Impatient-Psalm 27:13-14 Are Confused-Psalm 32:8/James 1:2-4,13-14 Are Weak-Psalm 72:13/Romans 8:26 Are Afraid-Psalm 4:8/Hebrews 13:6 Obey-Matthew 16:27/James 1:25
All of these promises of God are encouraging and uplifting. We can rely on these when things around change or take a bad turn. Even though these aren’t all of the promises, they give us a good idea about how sure these promises are when given by God. 2 Peter gives us a more divine and open look to what these promises are all about. 2 Peter 1:4 tells us this, “By which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.” Through these promises, through the unchanging promises of God we can become sharers of the divine nature being saved from this world of death and decay. We can reach immortality and life because of these promises and they give us hope of a much brighter future.
Anna may have certainties to rely on but Elsa’s character seems to fear change with nothing to hold on to but the present moment. Elsa says in the song “Is something coming? I’m not sure I want things to change at all. These days are precious, can’t let them slip away. I can’t freeze this moment, but I can still go out and seize this day”. Even though she wants to seize the day, she still fears the change that could be coming. In life, we do the same things. We fear what we don’t know because of the uncertainty. When we lean on the promises of God as the old song says and trust in our risen Savior Jesus Christ, we have no reason to fear. One of the most powerful statements Jesus ever made, in my opinion, comes in John 16:33. It says, “…In the world you will have trouble. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” Jesus doesn’t promise that there will be no pain or trouble in this life, in fact, he says that there will be. What he does promise, however, is that the end result is in our favor. We win in the end because he has overcome the world.
The next song we will discuss is the already famous “Into The Unknown”. It is a song sung by Elsa when she hears the voice calling her at night. This is a song we can all relate to about stepping into the unknown and eventually this is what Elsa does and the journey begins. I want to compare this song to when God calls us to do something big or difficult. As Elsa says in the song, “I’m afraid of what I’m risking if I follow you”. The unknown has risks and mystery and we don’t know what lies ahead. Elsa later says, “are you someone out there who’s a little bit like me, who knows deep down, I’m not where I’m meant to be?” There were some times in the Bible where God called His people to do big things and to call them to a different place and time in their lives. We’re going to look at some examples to get a better idea of what this song is all about.
The first example I want to reference is Moses. Moses was a man who God called to do something nobody had ever done before. Let’s go to Exodus 3:10. Here God gives Moses the mission of his life, “Now I am sending you to the king of Egypt so that you can lead my people out of his country”. Moses, a Hebrew caretaker of sheep, was supposed to go to Pharaoh, the most powerful ruler in the world, and free all the Hebrew slaves. Somehow Moses had to confront Pharaoh, convince him to let the people go, and then Moses was to lead them out of Egypt. How insane does that sound? Well Moses was probably thinking the same thing as we look at his response to God. “I am nobody. How can I go to the king and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” Moses asks the same question we’re all thinking. How is Moses supposed to do this? Then God gives His answer by saying, “I will be with you”. As we read on in the story, we find out that God was with Moses and the people, and the flight was successful.
Let’s look at another example. Moses’ helper, Joshua, was given the task of leading the people across the Jordan River to get to the Promised Land. This was no small stream by any stretch. This was a full river and crossing the river by foot, was a preposterous idea. Then God tells Joshua, “I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will always be with you; I will never abandon you”. Again God promises Joshua that He will be with him and will never leave him.
Another example comes when God speaks to His people through the prophet Isaiah and says, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.” No matter where we go, God is with us. As you can see through all of these examples the theme is that God is with them. No matter where they went or what the task was, God was going to be with them, and He was. The unknown is scary. Moses didn’t know how he was going to convince a king. Joshua didn’t know how to cross a mighty river. Yet they both knew that God would be with them no matter what happened and that was enough to get them through. Knowing that God is with us always is such an encouraging message. It lets us know that even though we face challenges and life can be uncertain at times and we don’t know where we are going, God will be right there, guiding and directing us.
The next and final song of this article will be the song that Olaf sings, “When I Am Older”. In this song, Olaf sings about one day being more mature and older so that he can understand the world around him better and things will make sense when he is older. Sometimes the world around us doesn’t make sense. Things happen that we just don’t understand and we are confused and things don’t make sense. What do we do in those situations? How are we to become older? Let’s see what the Bible says.
Being “mature” is a phrase used in the Bible when talking about how we think and act. In the song, Olaf is singing about being older in age. I want to talk about us being more mature spiritually. Colossians 1:28 says, “Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.” What does Paul mean by presenting everyone mature in Christ? How do you become mature in Christ? Well one way to do that is to think more maturely in our thinking. Paul, in his first letter to the Corinthians says, “Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature” (1 Corinthians 14:20). Paul tells the Corinthians not to think like a child. In other words, not to be naive and fall for every lie told like a child might. Paul tells us to think like a child in terms of evil and our experience with evil. We shouldn’t grow in evil but only be infants in that evil does not grow in our hearts. On the contrary, Paul tells us to be mature in our thinking. In the context of this letter, Paul is discussing the worship and the smart way to go about worshipping in tongues and prophecy and so Paul says to be mature in their thinking about the best ways to do this. In the greater context of life, we need to be mature about how we approach all sorts of things in life. Being mature in Christ, as a short version, means to have the knowledge and wisdom to discern between good and evil and to practice good. Maturity has never really been about age but rather it is how we think that causes growth in maturity.
This concludes part 1 of the songs in Frozen 2 and we will cover the rest of the songs in the next article.